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Freedom Tower at One World Trade Center - Proud and Soaring Thing New York, USA

SOM | Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

On 4 November 2014, the “Freedom Tower”, located at One World Trade Center, was officially inaugurated in a ceremony by Andrew Cuomo, Governor of the State of State of New York.
A “proud and soaring thing”, the tall office building as Louis Sullivan understood it, brought with its realization the desire for centralised administration, the opportunities for increased ground rent, the occasion for ample advertising, or all three of these together.
Here, on Ground Zero, David Childs, the chief architect and a principal of SOM, seems to have ignored the lessons of Sullivan. Unlike earlier Skidmore, Owing & Merill architects such as Bruce Graham who had designed, among other projects, the Hancock Tower 1965-1969, the Sears Tower in Chicago 1970-1973, with the enginer Fazlur Khan; Childs had never actually come to terms with the tall building as a...

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