Brooklyn Bridge inspired WTC site plan
By Christopher Grimes in New York
Published: December 18 2003 18:11 | Last Updated: December 18 2003 18:11
Drawings of the main building on the former World Trade Center site, which are to be unveiled on Thursday for the first time, will show a modernist structure inspired by two New York landmarks: the Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty.
A latticework of cables, reminiscent of the suspension system that made the Brooklyn Bridge an engineering marvel in the 19th century, will crown the 1,776-foot building.
Inside the cable structure will be a series of windmills to capture the strong gusts from the nearby Hudson River and convert them into electricity for the building, according to people involved in the redevelopment process.
A spire rising from the top is meant to evoke the torch in the raised hand of the Statue of Liberty, according to spare details provided by the Lower Manhattan Development Corp.
The windmills could be a selling point for the design, which undoubtably will be debated as fiercely as proposals for a memorial and the site plan have been. Using wind power could make a resonant political point about lessening reliance on imported fuel. But the windmills could also raise questions about noise and whether they will pose a threat to birds.