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Old April 30th, 2011, 05:55 PM   #21521
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I've only been to NYC once, after the Twin Towers fell, but I'm gonna have to stop by once this project is done. It'll be nice to see the country's real capital restored to its full former glory.
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Old April 30th, 2011, 06:20 PM   #21522
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China Center to Build the Modern Vision for a New China in One World Trade Center

NEW YORK, April 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- China Center New York unveiled its high-profile interior concept design, "Folding Garden" for its future home at One World Trade Center. Once in place, the vertical Chinese garden folding through 64th to 69th floors provides an extraordinary space for Chinese and U.S. business leaders to build relationships and provides a dramatic showcase for the rise of modern China.
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Today's unveiling is the first step in bringing the abstract concept of a Chinese folding garden into reality in a uniquely urban environment. "We plan to create an architectural masterpiece of world-class standard where the traditional Chinese culture is fully represented and explored," said Xue Ya, President of China Center. "Its goal is to become an important window presenting a contemporary Chinese image while offering a platform for international business exchange."
Behind the concept is the vision of China Center Chairman Feng Lun – to build a world-class business environment with an unprecedented design. A team of internationally renowned artists and designers have worked on the project for the last two years and are all very excited about moving the project forward.
"While Chinatowns in all metropolises represent the past version of Chinese culture in the West, we want to create a new iconic environment at One World Trade Center to represent an open-minded and confident China that embraces all values," said Feng Lun, a well-known real estate developer in China. "We want people to come here, look at the space, and say 'Wow! This is a side of China I haven't seen,'" he said.
Support for China Center's bold, folding garden design and modern China showcase was shared by over 70 Chinese business leaders who recently had a sneak peek preview of the concept design.
The concept design is based on a "Folding Garden" concept originally proposed by Zhou Wei, a renowned Chinese artist. China Center Art Director Weng Ling hand-picked the top-ranking Japanese architect Kengo Kuma & Associates to bring the concept to fruition. New York-based architect firm Perkins Eastman will work with Kengo Kuma to implement the design into the space in One World Trade Center.
In order to create a truly distinctive experience, the "Folding Garden" idea was reinterpreted by connecting the floors and functions vertically. This is still not a common approach in skyscrapers, not just in New York but also around the world.
"By combining the unique, meandering spatial characteristics of the Chinese garden with several floors of the iconic One World Trade Center, we can arrive at a very special kind of design that is specific to China Center and to New York City, all at once," said Kuma. "This is a very special opportunity that bridges modern and traditional motifs, architecture and nature, and most importantly the Chinese and American cultures."
"The China Center Space will boldly combine culture and business," said Weng Ling, the art director. "It is both aesthetic and functional."
As a leader in green development, Mr. Feng Lun has pledged to build China Center as a LEED platinum space, the highest standard for green interior design as established by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
China Center New York LLC is the unequivocal platform for China-U.S. business and cultural exchange. In 2009, it became the first corporate tenant for the iconic redeveloped One World Trade Center tower and set to move in 1 WTC in 2014.
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Old April 30th, 2011, 07:57 PM   #21523
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Question about the base of the tower :

A few months ago, when they installed those huge columns at the base (I forgot about the details, but the one that needed the 18000 and 16000 to be lifted), I thought they had such big columns to have some kind of an "open space" at the base of the tower.

But now, they poured those huge blast wall pretty much everywhere around the base, and I have to wonder, why did they go with "just" a few columns when they could have use more column and/or transversal/inclined beam to dish out the weight? Because all that concrete isn't use to "support" the tower, but they could have fit a lot of steel inside that concrete that could have been use to that effect. I suppose having so few columns is a pretty expensive choice, and I don't see the use of it if they just fill the empty space with concrete.

So, since the people that design this beauty are obviously smarter than me, what am I missing here?
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Old May 1st, 2011, 12:09 AM   #21524
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I think it stands to reason that those concrete panels between the columns are fortified probably with an exraordinary amount of rebar, plus the concrete used itself is probably a specially formulated extra strong mix. Have you noticed how long the formwork is left on, especially the corners? Months at a time!
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Old May 1st, 2011, 02:41 AM   #21525
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Hey everyone, I found this site a few months ago and I've really enjoyed all the great pics of the construction progress! This might be a bit off-topic but does anyone know about the status of the new WTC shopping mall and when it is gonna be completed?
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Old May 1st, 2011, 04:21 AM   #21526
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A gorgeous shot by Patapsco, Apr 30th,

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Old May 1st, 2011, 06:41 AM   #21527
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Agreed. That shot is very nice! Thanks for posting that spectre.
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Old May 1st, 2011, 08:28 AM   #21528
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I must say... Happy 80th Birthday to the Empire State Building! Even after the WTC surpasses it again, and as time goes on, and other buildings grow taller still, it will always be special to us
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Old May 1st, 2011, 01:55 PM   #21529
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Good Morning NY Sunday May 1, 2011

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blue mesh netting going up around...

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Old May 1st, 2011, 02:11 PM   #21530
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Hey. Anyone know the messure's on the windows? width, length etc.
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Old May 1st, 2011, 02:27 PM   #21531
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Thank you, Carlos!
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Old May 1st, 2011, 03:01 PM   #21532
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hi, im from the UK and after my recent visit to NYC ive been following this thread, so i was just wondering if you ming me sticking around?

also as this building was included with a WTC render i was wondering if any of you knew the current status for a project named 56 Leonard Street?
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Old May 1st, 2011, 03:09 PM   #21533
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awesome dude - just a note, you've got the date on there that the first piece of the curtain was in november 2011, instead of 2010 (lol edit thanks eastern37)

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Old May 1st, 2011, 03:13 PM   #21534
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Old May 1st, 2011, 03:52 PM   #21535
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I'm Brazilian state of Piaui, I love spider heaven and follow the daily progress of the construction of One World Trade Center.

It's a shame that the big metrolpoles of Brazil does not have buildings over 50 floors.

At this moment there are thousands of buildings under construction in Sao Paulo, but all with up to 40 floors.

In Rio de Janeiro does not really exist, because the tall buildings would disturb the view of mountains and sea, which are unique in the world.

I love New York.
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Old May 1st, 2011, 04:55 PM   #21536
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Hey. Anyone know the messure's on the windows? width, length etc.
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The curtain wall panels measure 5" by 13' 4" (~1.5m x~4m).


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awesome dude - just a note, you've got the date on there that the first piece of the curtain was in november 2011, instead of 2010 (lol edit thanks eastern37)
That error was since the last diagram, I forgot to change it, thanks, btw.

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hi, im from the UK and after my recent visit to NYC ive been following this thread, so i was just wondering if you ming me sticking around?

also as this building was included with a WTC render i was wondering if any of you knew the current status for a project named 56 Leonard Street?
56 Leonard Street thread (On Hold)


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Old May 1st, 2011, 06:00 PM   #21537
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After visiting this topic after months. Its good to see the progress!
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Old May 1st, 2011, 06:33 PM   #21538
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I'm Brazilian state of Piaui, I love spider heaven and follow the daily progress of the construction of One World Trade Center.

It's a shame that the big metrolpoles of Brazil does not have buildings over 50 floors.

At this moment there are thousands of buildings under construction in Sao Paulo, but all with up to 40 floors.

In Rio de Janeiro does not really exist, because the tall buildings would disturb the view of mountains and sea, which are unique in the world.

I love New York.
Sorry for the error of "Spider heaven" which in English should be skyscraper.

Is that Portuguese is a language very tricky to translate.
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Old May 1st, 2011, 06:43 PM   #21539
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Sorry for the error of "Spider heaven" which in English should be skyscraper.

Is that Portuguese is a language very tricky to translate.
Haha, a funny error, but no problem.

Otie, I love that last photo you posted!!
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Old May 1st, 2011, 07:18 PM   #21540
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Spider heaven? Ughh I won't sleep tonight.
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