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View Poll Results: One Liberty Plaza, New York
10 12 5.63%
9.5 2 0.94%
9 10 4.69%
8.5 10 4.69%
8 10 4.69%
7.5 15 7.04%
7 41 19.25%
6.5 13 6.10%
6 33 15.49%
5.5 6 2.82%
5 18 8.45%
4.5 6 2.82%
4 8 3.76%
3.5 2 0.94%
3 or less 27 12.68%
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Old February 8th, 2003, 08:39 PM   #1
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#235 l One Liberty Plaza l NEW YORK l 226m l 54fl

One Liberty Plaza
New York, USA


HEIGHT: 226m/743 feet
FLOORS: 54 floors
COMPLETION: 1972
ARCHITECT: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM)

was built in 1972 for the U.S. Steel Company on a site earlier occupied by the Singer Building, once the tallest in the world.
A part of the development effort was the acquisition of the block south of the site for the headquarters. After tearing down the buildings on the block (one remained on the site for some time, though), the developers were able to transfer its unused air rights to the new building. The block itself was transformed into Liberty Plaza, a paved open-air park. As a result of the transfer, the skyscraper houses 167,290 mē within its monolithic bulk.

The massive 54-storey building of black steel and darkened glass rises to 226.5 m over Broadway. The main client, U.S. Steel, wanted to use steel-structures in a clearly visible way also on the facade, and thus there are 2-meter deep steel girders (covered in a fire-protection of another layer of steel) as heavy-weight spandrels, spanning the 15-meter bays. The structure results in large floorplates of 3,700 mē.

The entrance to the building is from a narrow, below-grade sunken arcade, defined by the supporting massive steel columns and the glass walls of the lobbies.

The Liberty Plaza across the street slopes accordingly with the street's grade, with steps on each side. Along with the trees, the plaza has such items from the developer's arsenal as benches made of steel plates with bent edges and chains on bollards bordering the sidewalks.

After U.S. Steel's relocation, the building was sold to Merrill Lynch, then to Olympia & York, the later-bankrupt developers of the World Financial Center. Today the building, called One Liberty Plaza, is owned by Brookfield Properties, which also has the ownership/controlling stake of the World Financial Center towers across the WTC site.

After the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks, the building was feared to be under threat of collapsing, but was eventually returned to office use just 45 days after the attack.











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Old February 10th, 2003, 02:48 AM   #2
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boxy, but one of the only boxes decent.

6/10
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Old February 10th, 2003, 04:40 AM   #3
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Looks like the top part of Sears. 7.5/10
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Old February 11th, 2003, 05:57 AM   #4
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Everybody hates the building because of the whole Singer Building incident, which is indeed still an open sore upon the New York architectural scene. One Liberty Place can never live up to the beauty of the Singer, but nonetheless, I still like this building.

It was originally constructed for U.S. Steel and you can easily tell from the exposed skin. The building seems asymmetric and uneven to me, but it's a nice organic look to the modernist stacks that took over Lower Manhattan in the 60's and 70's.

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Old February 13th, 2003, 12:38 AM   #5
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5.5/10

Its really drab.
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Old February 15th, 2003, 01:12 AM   #6
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A boring box, but not that ugly.

6.5/10
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Old February 17th, 2003, 10:20 PM   #7
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7/10 - yeah, it's a box (so why am I NOT surpised?) but the sliml white mullions and the contrast between glass and spandrels give the facade some interest.

It's still a crying shame they tore down the Singer tower for that, though...
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Old February 22nd, 2003, 07:24 PM   #8
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It's decent enough for me.
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Old February 23rd, 2003, 02:32 AM   #9
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6.5/10

This building reminds me of One Indiana Square, it isn't too bad. But this should have never replaced the Singer Building.

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Old February 23rd, 2003, 03:55 AM   #10
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At least they didnt try to mess it up with some wierd, ugly design. They left it nice and simple.
I give it a 6.5.
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Old February 23rd, 2003, 05:57 AM   #11
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6/10. Nothing much to comment about reguarding this building.
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Old February 23rd, 2003, 01:47 PM   #12
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The third picture is awesome! 7.5/10
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Old March 2nd, 2003, 04:20 PM   #13
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i wouldn't really bother the blackness of this box if it were a bit taller.. but 700 footers and black boxes don't match for me
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Old March 2nd, 2003, 05:29 PM   #14
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for this Downtown's Black beauty
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Old March 3rd, 2003, 08:47 PM   #15
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Wasn't this thing blown up in "The Siege" ???
I don't like it one bit 3
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Old March 3rd, 2003, 09:52 PM   #16
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Yeah, this was the building that posed as the FBI headquarters in "The Seige", which was eventually destroyed by terrorists. It's proximity to the World Trade Center is a bit unnerving...
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Old March 6th, 2003, 02:31 AM   #17
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I don't like it's desing is too boxy, then looks pretty good to me in the skyline 6.5/10
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Old April 11th, 2003, 01:01 AM   #18
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3 Oh my, this thing is ugly. U.S. Steel's building in Pittsburgh is far superior to this thing.... ugly ugly ugly ugly ugly ugly
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Old April 16th, 2003, 05:09 PM   #19
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Everybody hates the building because of the whole Singer Building incident, which is indeed still an open sore upon the New York architectural scene.
I take it the Singer Building was quite nice. I can't remember what it looked like.

Anyway, Mies Van Der Rohe might have liked this for its crisp lines and effective use of materials. It's boring but good at the same time! 6.5/10
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