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Freedom Tower Compromise Has Spire and Windmills

December 16 2003 at 10:28 AM


Months of architectural wrangling over plans for the tallest building at the World Trade Center site — and in the world — have apparently ended in a 1,776-foot compromise that would include an asymmetrical spire favored by Daniel Libeskind rising atop a cable-framed wind farm proposed by David M. Childs.
Though the design will not be made public until Friday, an announcement yesterday by the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation seemed to indicate that agreement had been reached on the broad outlines of the building, called Freedom Tower.
Yesterday was the deadline set by Gov. George E. Pataki for receiving a design. What has emerged, in the careful wording of the announcement, is an "idea" by Mr. Libeskind that has been "given form" by Mr. Childs.

As described by the development corporation, the tower will bear Mr. Libeskind's influence in its height and spire, evocative of the Statue of Liberty's upraised arm.
Mr. Childs's contributions include an open-air structure at the top of the building, framed in cables reminiscent of the Brooklyn Bridge and filled with electricity-generating wind turbines.
Neither architect would comment yesterday evening.


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