The 200-foot-high solid base for the Freedom Tower does make it sound a bit more like Freedom Fortress (or Death Star?) , as the architecture gossip blog The Gutter recently pointed out.
Blogger Will Femia tried to get a picture of just how brutal it could look stripped of the fineries of architectural rendering, by taking an extensive series of photographs of the base of the new 7 World Trade Center.
We agree–it looks like something Larry Silverstein might have built on the rogue desert planet of Tattooine. But in fairness, it’s not done: Some kind of weird light display is in the works so that blades of white light shoot out from between the slats and move as you move past the building.
Will that make this prettier–or scarier?
– Tom McGeveran