US reveals plan for freedom tower

The winning design for a building to replace the World Trade Center in New York has been revealed.

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By  Eudore Chand Published  December 30, 2003

The winning design for a building to replace the World Trade Center in New York has been revealed. The Freedom Tower, as it has been called, will be the world’s tallest structure unless, Emaar Properties, developers of the Burj Dubai decide to top it. The unveiling of the Freedom Tower design brings to an end an unseemly spat between Larry Silverstein, the leaseholder of the WTC site, and the winner of the original design competition. The concept that will be used is a compromise between architects Daniel Libeskind — who won the competition — and David Childs, who was appointed by the leaseholder. The cornerstone of the new development will be the Freedom Tower, which will be a seemingly unlikely 541.4 metres tall. Convert the height into imperial feet, however, and it comes to 1770, a symbolic number known to all Americans as the date when the American War of Independence began. A compromise had to be sought after Silverstein complained that the design competition’s winning entry did not contain enough office space. He called in a second team of architects to draw up competing plans to the original Libeskind effort. The building is to have 70 storeys of office space, funded using insurance payments from the Twin Towers. There will be restaurants on the 71st and 72nd floors and a viewing platform on the 73rd. An unoccupied section supporting television antennae will push the tower to its final height as the world’s tallest structure. Burj Dubai, as Construction Week reported in November, is likely to be taller; possibly up to 600 metres, according to sources close to the project.

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