November 13, 2013

The "quiet dignity" of 4 World Trade Center.

Not to be confused with 1 World Trade Center — the 1776-foot-tall "Freedom Tower" — 4 World Trade Center is designed to reflect the reflecting pools that occupy the place where the original Twin Towers stood. The video is worth waiting out a the commercial. I especially enjoyed the views of the interior and the modest, gentle expressiveness of the architect Gary Kamemoto. Listen for what he says about craftsmen.

"As architects, if we push and try to do something extraordinary and give the workers that opportunity, we see that everybody is wanting to prove their trade."

5 comments:

TML said...

Very, very nicely done. I had not until now ever seen the pools. I amazed that amount of restraint was exercised. They look lovely and dignified and...important. No indulgent modern crap. And the building is magnificent.

TML said...

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MadisonMan said...

Why is dignity always quiet?

TML said...

I'd say it's a more bright, peaceful and integrated dignity. Who said "quiet"?

dogzilla said...

It's the final resting place for nearly 3,000 souls. It's good to see the architect has created a place that encourages contemplation, a place that is imbued with an air of respect and dignity.