Freedom Tower 3.1, Beta
David Childs announced a Freedom Tower "update" today. The update: a few new renderings, and a material choice for the exterior: prismatic glass covering the concrete bunker that is really surrounding the "Freedom" Tower's base. Glass covering concrete, transparency disguising bombproof, will the irony never cease? We here at Tropolism classify this as "no news is good news". We think.
The part of the design that seems to be unremarked upon, but is in the forefront of all the renderings, is the hideous public plaza on the exterior. First of all, the entry to the tower appears to be a couple dozen steps above the sidewalk on West Street. What are those bleacher-like concrete jersey barriers rammed up against the pretty glass prism camouflage? Will security really let you sit there? The one think that I think would be obviously improved upon over the World Trade Center's design would be the end of bland, stepped, program-free plazas.
Continue reading my captions for the released renderings after the jump...
This is a plan of a bunker with some trees planted around it. Totally safe!!!
Architects still render art as a painting collaged into a corporate lobby. Hire Olafur Eliasson, he'll give you glass prisms and totally take apart your concrete bunker. We like what appears to be the tall solid wood blocks behind the security desk.
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