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SOM skidmore, owings & merrill one world trade center tower

source: dezeen

News: the first tenants have moved into offices in Skidmore, Owings & Merrill’s newly opened One World Trade Center in New York (+ slideshow).

One World Trade Center, which had its official opening yesterday, is built on the site of the Twin Towers destroyed in the terrorist attacks of 9/11.

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM)’s 104-storey building for the site in Lower Manhattan stands at over 540 metres, making it the tallest in the western hemisphere. It replaces a quarter of the office space lost in the attacks.

Related story: One World Trade Center named tallest skyscraper in western hemisphere

“The completion of One World Trade Center marks a major milestone in the history of New York City,” said a statement from SOM.

The centre, which took over eight years to build, occupies the site adjacent to the 9/11 Memorial and the museum designed by architects Snøhetta, which completed in May.

“While the memorial, carved out of the earth, speaks of the past and of remembrance, One World Trade Center speaks about the future,” said the architects.

“[It] recaptures the New York skyline, reasserts downtown Manhattan’s preeminence as a business centre, and establishes a new civic icon for the country.”

Employees of publisher Condé Nast were among the first residents to take up desk space in the building at its opening.

The glass office tower has a “crystalline” form that rises from a square base. Above this, the edges of an oblong glass box appear to have been sliced away, transforming the cube into a multi-faceted structure and giving central levels an octagonal floor plan.

The centre is topped by glass parapet for an observation deck measuring 46 metres by 46 metres and a spire that juts high above the skyline.

“As the sun moves through the sky or we move around the tower, the surfaces appear like a kaleidoscope, and will change throughout the day as light and weather conditions change,” they said.

The tapering triangular form is intended to resonate with neighbouring iconic structures the Chrysler Building and Empire State Building.

A ceremony to mark the official opening of One World Trade Center will be held later this month.

The building joins a tower designed by architect Fumihiko Maki, which completed last year, on the site where a transportation hub by Santiago Calatrava is set to finish next year and another skyscraper by architect Richard Rogers is due to open in 2017.

Last week it was announced that Calatrava has also begun work on a Greek Orthodox Church to replace a building that was destroyed by the collapse of the Twin Towers.
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source: archdaily

O primeiro inquilino se mudou para o One World Trade Center, marcando a abertura oficial do (indiscutivelmente) edifício mais alto do hemisfério ocidental 13 anos após a tragédia de 11 de setembro. O “momento extraordinário aconteceu da forma mais comum possível”, descreveu o New York Times, com os empregados da Conde Nast entrando pelo saguão de mármore branco (oriundo da mesma pedreira de onde viera o mármore das torres gêmeas) e se dirigindo diretamente aos elevadores para começar sua jornada de trabalho.

Ao longo dos anos, o arranha-céu de 104 pavimentos e 532 metros de altura projetado por Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) foi o centro de diversos debates públicos. O mais recente foi uma discussão sobre se a estrutura espiralada de 408 pés (122 metros) deveria ou não ser considerada na altura total do edifício, que atinge a patriótica marca de 1776 pés.
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source: designboomcn

由SOM建筑事务所设计的纽约新世界贸易中心一号楼迎来了具有里程碑意义的一刻,其开放入驻了第一家公司!新的世贸中心塔尖的高度达到1776英尺,塔楼总共104层,其中20层至44层将作为出版业巨头康泰纳仕集团的总部。

9.11的惨剧发生十三年后,新世贸中心的建成标志着下曼哈顿遗址重建计划的一个关键时刻的到来,并将重新树立其商业中心的地位。无论是从城市的天际线还是从地面层来看,“自由塔”都是下曼哈顿地区的一个引人注目的视觉标志。为了记录新世贸中心的落成,摄影师Iwan Baan和james ewing从各个角度记录了大楼的风景。

这座塔楼在接下来的数月内将陆续开放,102层观景平台也将于2015年春天向游客开放。目前,该塔楼只有60%被出租,租客中包括有美国总务管理局和kids creative广告公司。

如果塔尖列入高度计算(1776英尺),新世贸中心将是西半球最高的建筑。玻璃体块组成的三角形面组成,三角形的顶点位于底层敦实的基座和楼顶女儿墙的四个角点上(方形的顶层与方形的底层平面相比旋转了45度)。

塔楼正式开放之前,由圣地亚哥·卡拉特拉瓦设计,在911惨剧中被毁坏的希腊东正教堂也将破土重建。点击这里看设计邦之前对该项目的报道