5. The memories of the victims of 9/11 will be reflected not only in the memorial but in One World Trade Center’s design as well.
You probably already know that a 9/11 Memorial and Museum will be opening this Sunday, but those aren’t the only areas designed to specifically reflect the memories of the victims of 9/11. When complete, One World Trade Center will have a rooftop observation deck at 1,362 feet with a glass parapet extending to 1,368 feet, the exact height of the Twin Towers. At the top of the tower, a mast will be installed that emits a bright light that is expected to appear as a 1,000 foot beam, memorializing those who lost their lives and heralding freedom. Many of the victims’ names and the signatures of their loved ones will actually be written inside the building on a 30 foot steel beam — the first that was installed at the site.
6. The building looks totally different than what was originally chosen as the design.
Most New Yorkers have caught little soundbites, or big soundbites, of the squabbles, tiffs and downright fights that have surrounded One World Trade Center’s design. Much of that had to do with the building’s owners, the Port Authority and real estate developer Larry Silverstein, who has a pretty legit 99-year lease on the property. If you hadn’t heard about all of this, check out our entire post about it here. The long and short of it is that Daniel Libeskind, the architect who originally won the competition to design One World Trade Center was, in essence, elbowed out of the way and much of the building he proposed has not been reflected in the actual edifice that has gone up. This left many New Yorkers and Libeskind fans feeling gypped, but surprisingly Libeskind himself is remarkably serene about it.
“In the end, the public will see the symbolism of the site,” he offered. “Of course, compromises had to be made, but a master plan is not about a few lines drawn on paper. It’s about an idea. I think when it’s built, people will forget the squabbles.
Photos by Yuka Yoneda for Inhabitat