In Updated Designs for 1 World Trade Center, Does the Spire Still Look Like a Spire?

  • After all the wrangling over the updated designs for the Durst Organization-overseen 1 World Trade Center (we’ve heard there was a list of 20 changes the developer wanted from the Port, all eventually granted), new renderings have been released for the project. They show a building that looks a little sharper, perhaps a little less striking, but something still bound to dominate the skyline, as if that were not already abundantly clear from the just-about-topped-out tower. Have a look for yourself and decide whether this is an improvement.

  • One of the most debated pieces has been the spire, no longer encased in a giant sculpture, now looking wispy but visible.

  • The facade is meant to look solid and grand.

  • At night, the spire can't be missed.

  • One of the big changes has been the squaring off the base, which had to be redesigned after cost-engineering issues.

  • The base is now pleated, with no chamfered corners.

  • Inside the lobby, seen for the first time.

  • With or without its spire, the tower still dominates the downtown skyline.

  • From here, where's the point?

  • She sparkles.

  • Crowds for miles.

  • The biggest building in the hemisphere.

  • A new day dawns downtown.