Friday, December 19, 2003

Neat twist on a design of the WTC replacement


Revised design for WTC site unveiled:

"The plan calls for a cable suspension structure that creates an open area above the building's 70 floors of office space, and houses windmills to generate energy. The windmills could provide 20 per cent of the building's energy."


It really looks like the architect for Larry Silverstein is gaining the upper hand in the competition for whose vision would dominate the rebuilding process. Still, I am glad the tower will be so tall:

Taiwan's Taipei 101 tower, 511 metres tall, recently supplanted Malaysia's 452-metre Petronas Twin Towers as the tallest building in the world when crews completed installing the pinnacle. The 110-storey World Trade Center towers were 411 metres tall.

while

A new design for the Freedom Tower at the World Trade Center site slopes gracefully into a spire rising 1,776 feet (541 metres) [ed: boldface added]

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