May 25, 2013
Main tower at NY World Trade Centre to be re-designed
New York and New Jersey’s Port Authorities have been forced to change the design of the main tower of New York’s World Trade Centre (WTC) due to technical problems which involved draping the base with prismatic glass panels, according to the New York Times.
They have already spent 10 million dollars on the fabrication and installment of the glasses. The total amount of panels reached 2,000 and had been designed to “reflect, refract and transmit light in various spectrums,” as the architect stated.
The skyscraper that has reached to 65 out of the 104 floors it will have, has a concrete base which was planned to be disguised with crystal panels so that the tower “doesn’t look like a gigantic bunker.”
Nevertheless, the design showed that the “prismatic glass simply had too many technical problems to overcome and at a budget that was not cost effective,” the spokesman of the Port Authority, John Kelly, said and also assured that they are working in a new design “that will be far more practical, distinctive and magnificent.”
According to authorities, the panels were difficult to manufacture mainly because the prismatic finishing leaves the glass very fragile.