HIGH-RISE PLAN A SOAR WINNER
By STEVE CUOZZO
Childs and his Skidmore, Owings & Merrill team have done the impossible: They transfigured the conflicting demands of Gov. Pataki, Larry Silverstein, Daniel Libeskind and an impatient public into something original and brilliant at Ground Zero.
Make no mistake: The Freedom Tower is a David Childs building. Only superficially, if at all, does it resemble Libeskind's doodlings. No wonder Libeskind graciously identified Childs yesterday as the project's "architect."
Pay no attention to what learned architectural critics may say about it: They can't even agree on whether to save or demolish tiny 2 Columbus Circle, and their politically driven blather should not be welcome at Ground Zero.
Forget, too, about whether or not the Freedom Tower's cloud-busting antenna shaft properly echoes the Statue of Liberty - the whole idea was a Libeskind whim that means nothing.