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Thread: 150 Greenwich Street - WTC Tower #4 - by Fumihiko Maki

  1. #1966


    There are stubs on top of the highest level of steel, and connectors for floor beams, suggesting that there is one more "floor" to go, and all three mechanical sections have trusses around them. It doesn't top out until Monday, however, and usually the topping out steel is white, as opposed to what we see now

    If the roof height is 975 and the top of the parapet is somewhere over 1,000 feet in the air, then I won't mind.

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    New York Times
    June 24, 2012


    A ‘Dematerializing’ 4 World Trade Center Reaches a Material 977 Feet


    Four World Trade Center almost seems to disappear when seen from Battery Park City.


    A steel beam is to be hoisted 977 feet to the top of 4 World Trade Center on Monday, ceremonially signifying the completion of its structural framework.

    Wait a minute. Four World Trade Center?

    Yes, 4 World Trade Center: the biggest skyscraper New Yorkers have never heard of. That’s not only because a much bigger companion, 1 World Trade Center, has claimed the city’s attention. It is because the architects, Maki and Associates of Tokyo, have deliberately designed their tower to be understated and deferential. They are, in other words, not disappointed by a lack of buzz.

    “We like the idea of the building dematerializing,” said Osamu Sassa, the project architect for the Maki firm. It is headed by Fumihiko Maki, 83, who won the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize in 1993, but has been little known in this country until recently.

    Fumihiko Maki

    “A lot of inherently good qualities of design take time to appreciate,” Mr. Sassa said. “Subtlety extends one’s appreciation.”

    In his design for 4 World Trade Center, Mr. Maki embraced the idea that an office tower at ground zero ought to be a respectful backdrop to the National September 11 Memorial. Because of the modesty and reticence of the building’s design, it was easy to overlook it in 2006 when the it was unveiled by Silverstein Properties alongside those of the far more expressive 2 and 3 World Trade Center, by Norman Foster and Richard Rogers.

    At the small scale of models and renderings, 4 World Trade Center didn’t turn many heads. It looked like a silvery extrusion of a trapezoid atop a parallelogram. But as its aesthetic restraint has assumed full scale, it has taken on a dignified monumentality.

    That is, when you can see it at all. From some angles, at certain times of day, 4 World Trade Center almost disappears from the downtown skyline. That’s quite a feat for a structure that will be the sixth tallest building in New York on completion next year.

    To achieve this effect, the Maki firm designed an especially sheer curtain wall over the steel framework. Glass facades often look cheap because developers will pay only for windows so thin that they bow slightly, creating a quilted effect. The thicker the glass, the flatter the plane of the facade. “It’s not absolutely perfect,” Mr. Sassa said candidly about the curtain wall at 4 World Trade Center, “but I think we’ve achieved something of high quality.”

    Even in its raw form, the building shows many refined touches. Mechanical louvers on the lower floors, for instance, are arranged as thin vertical slits, an aesthetic gesture that took a lot of complicated engineering to achieve. There are no louvers at all on the west facade, overlooking the memorial. That made the ductwork even more tortuous.

    The west facade, overlooking the memorial, was kept as simple as possible.

    “This is a special place with a sacred meaning,” Mr. Sassa said, “and we felt we had to be respectful.” The office lobby of 4 World Trade Center also faces the memorial and reflects it at the same time, in a 47-foot-high wall of Swedish black granite that was finished in Carrara, Italy. The Church Street side of the tower will be a much livelier transit hall and shopping center, in keeping with the commercial surroundings.

    Silverstein already has two large office tenants, the city and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, accounting for just over half of the building’s 2.3 million square feet of space. Each tenant is expected to occupy 15 floors in the 72-story tower. The construction manager is Tishman Construction, which built the original World Trade Center. The structural engineers, Leslie E. Robertson Associates, were also involved in the first twin towers. The $1.67 billion cost of 4 World Trade Center is being met through Liberty Bond financing and insurance proceeds.

    The Japanese architects insisted on a level of detail and near-perfection that frequently perplexed and frustrated their American counterparts. But not all of their many subtle touches were purely in the interest of aesthetic clarity.

    For example, deep notches were created in the two broad angles of the tower’s parallelogram shape to help define the edges of the facade. “The added benefit,” Mr. Sassa said with a smile, “was that it increased the number of corner offices.”

    View from the 48th floor, which will be marketed to tenants as the 58th floor because of its altitude.

    © 2012 The New York Times Company

  4. #1969


    This building has really impressed me. I liked it from the start, but it looks better than I ever thought it would. Good job to the architects and construction workers, and I can't wait to see it top out tomorrow.

  5. #1970


    Quote Originally Posted by Vivit View Post
    This building has really impressed me. I liked it from the start, but it looks better than I ever thought it would. Good job to the architects and construction workers, and I can't wait to see it top out tomorrow.
    Japanese architects like Fumihiko Maki and Minoru Yamasaki, with their attention to and insistence upon quality and detail, really do make a world of difference.

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    They've hit it.

    But what the heck does this mean? I thought a floor was a floor.

    View from the 48th floor, which will be marketed to tenants as the 58th floor because of its altitude.

    © 2012 The New York Times Company

  8. #1973


    Quote Originally Posted by mariab View Post
    They've hit it.

    But what the heck does this mean? I thought a floor was a floor.

    I think it's to do with the fact that the first ten storeys of the tower are taken up by the atrium and mechanical floors. So the first floor is actually ten storeys up.

  9. #1974


    Wall Street Journal
    June 25, 2012

    360 View: Smaller WTC Tower Reaches Top

    By Amelia Harris

    The final steel beam was lifted to the top of 4 World Trade Center during a ceremony Monday attended by hundreds of workers.

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    The 4 World Trade Center tower was a step closer to completion Monday when the final steel beam was placed atop the Lower Manhattan building.

    Developer Larry A. Silverstein and more than 1,000 construction workers participated in a “Topping Out Ceremony” to mark the milestone.

    An American flag was unfurled as the beam was lifted by crane 977 feet in the air and set in place as onlookers below cheered and whistled.

    Larry Miller was among a group of the workers who signed the beam before it was hoisted up.

    “It felt good [signing the beam], a lot of satisfaction, a lot of pride rebuilding what was destroyed,” Miller, a plumber from Marlboro, NJ., said.

    “We top out every job and have a little something but this one is special.”

    The building will be the first tower completed on the 16-acre World Trader Center site when it opens in Fall 2013. “When we open the doors, it will not just be for our tenants, but for all New Yorkers,” Silverstein told the packed event before the beam was lifted.

    He described how Lower Manhattan had survived tough times to become a thriving residential and commercial community “that is the envy of the world.” Downtown, he said, was “fast becoming the creative capital of New York City.”

    The biggest thanks was reserved for “the people who built this place with their own hands.” “You work every day, rain or shine, to reclaim the skyline, to give New Yorkers back the city that the terrorists tried to take away,” Silverstein said.

    The 72-story building will house mainly commercial offices, including the Port Authority’s new headquarters, which will take up a quarter of the 2.3 million square feet available for rent.

    Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Congressman Jerrold Nadler and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney also attended the ceremony. “Despite the weather, today the sun is shining on downtown Manhattan,” Silver said.

    The long time local resident who witnessed the 9/11 attacks from his home and endured the aftermath said it was “hard to adequately put into words just how wonderful it is to see this magnificent building coming to completion.”

    For such a building to stand on the site where such “shocking ugliness and terrible pain” occurred was on one hand breathtaking and inspiring and on the other symbolic of the city’s can-do, never surrender spirit, he said.

    Some, like Anthony Torres, a spotter at Benson Industries, were already looking even further ahead.

    “I hope to be down here for this one too,” he said, pointing to Tower 3.


    Copyright ©2012 Dow Jones & Company, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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    June 26, 2012

    Construction Worker Impaled in Fall at 4 World Trade Center

    By Julie Shapiro, Maya Shwayder

    A worker fell at 4 World Trade Center June 26, 2012. (DNAinfo/Maya Shwayder)

    LOWER MANHATTAN — A construction worker at 4 World Trade Center fell and impaled himself on a metal rod Tuesday afternoon, fire officials and the construction company said.

    The 37-year-old worker was helping to build the new skyscraper at 150 Greenwich St. when he slipped and fell 4 to 5 feet about 1:20 p.m. Tuesday, an FDNY spokeswoman said.

    The worker landed on a small steel rod he was carrying in a pouch, said a spokesman for Tishman Construction, the contractor on the site.

    The man suffered a puncture wound to his side and was transported to Bellevue Hospital Center in critical but not life-threatening condition, the FDNY spokeswoman said.

    "He appears to be stable, but we have no further details on his condition at this time," the Tishman spokesman said.

    A police officer on the scene said the accident happened "up top" in the 72-story tower.

    The accident comes one day after developer Larry Silverstein and local politicians held an emotional ceremony to mark the topping-out of the 977-foot skyscraper.

    A spokesman for Silverstein Properties referred questions to Tishman.

    Other recent accidents at 4 World Trade Center include a February incident in which a load of steel beams fell 40 stories from the building. Just a few months earlier, a teenager suffered a minor injury when a 4-foot rod fell from the building.

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  13. #1978


    Reading the first sentence I was like

    but then I saw it was a 4-5 foot fall and a non-life threatening wound.

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    From around City Hall the cut-away at the top is a God send. The bulkiness of the tower gives way to the far more slender upper floors, jsut at the point where 4WTC hits the table top of One Liberty Plaza, rising tall but not as an overbearing hulk.

    Down below at the corner of Liberty & Greenwich you get a sideways view into the lobby (they've put up glass along the south wall there) and can see that most of the west-facing lobby wall has been clad in black stone, milled with a matte finish. Very elegant and totally Japanese. Maki is doing good stuff here.

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    Don't see this view very often.

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