Thanks, i was like wtf?!, cause the German Articel said it would be right on the spot of Ground Zero...meaning of WTC1&2, so i didnt get why putting such a "small" building on such a huge place, since there where other bigass plans... thanks for clearing this up
5th World Trace Center tower design creates `outdoor room' with overhang
21 June 2007
NEW YORK (AP) - The smallest of five office towers planned for the World Trade Center site has a boxy extension that juts out toward the site and overlooks a small church, creating an "outdoor room" at street level, the building's chief architect said Thursday.
The six wider trading floors that will be part of the new JP Morgan Chase & Co. tower at the south end of the lower Manhattan site will be topped by a tree-covered roof deck, architect Gene Kohn said.
"In this case, it's where function played a really big role in creating the form of the building," said Kohn, whose firm, Kohn Pedersen Fox Architects, designed the last planned office tower at ground zero.
The drawings of the tower were released at a Port Authority of New York and New Jersey meeting, where the site's owners officially approved the bank's long-term $300 million (euro224 million) lease, first announced last week.
Community officials have long criticized the plan to create cantilevered floors, which are larger than the building's footprint, saying it would cast too many shadows over a community park, church and possibly the Sept. 11 memorial.
Said Kohn: "Any building you build casts shadows." He said the floors would not overshadow the park and would cast few shadows over the memorial.
The rebuilt St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox church, pictured in the rendering, would be overlooked by the extension, and at night the building would be reflected on the tower's walls, Kohn said.
"It creates a wonderful space for the church. It kind of makes the space for the church appropriate in scale," Kohn said. "It's like an outdoor room."
Church leaders had not seen the renderings Thursday and could not immediately comment.
The tower, 42 or 43 stories tall, is closest to the skyscraper designed by Japanese architect Fumihiko Maki, which also expands to a wider level on higher floors. A tower designed by Richard Rogers has wider floors at street level. But the JP Morgan tower has the floors about 200 feet (61 meters) above street level, then returns to a narrower building after six or seven floors.
The lease approved on Thursday will expire in 2100, said Michael Francois, the Port Authority's director of development. The building will take four years to build, after a contaminated skyscraper currently sitting on the land is taken down. The former Deutsche Bank building, heavily damaged on Sept. 11, is being taken down floor by floor.
The 1.3 million-square-foot tower will have up to 45,000 square feet of retail space, including a bank, Francois said.
HANGOVER: The planned new JPMorgan Chase HQ faces the Ground Zero towers: Is that a "beer belly," or the roof of a "great outdoor room?"
June 26, 2007 -- THE architect of the planned new JPMorgan Chase tower near Ground Zero left the door open yesterday to slightly reducing the size of its giant, elevated trading floors cantilevered over a new St. Nicholas Church.
"The size of the cantilever is one of those things still being studied," Gene Kohn of the Kohn Pedersen Fox firm said of controversial images released last week.
But, he emphasized, it will still be a "cantilever of some dimension" and there's no alternative to designing the Liberty Street building immediately south of the World Trade Center site any other way.
Kohn took polite exception to my description last week of the protruding block of trading floors facing the 9/11 memorial as a "beer belly." (Readers likened it to a "kangaroo" or "electric chair.")
"Things like that have a way of sticking," he said.
I was referring to the project's ungainly shape, which Kohn acknowledges is "unusual." The tower will be 32,000 square feet at the base, swell to between 52,000 and 56,000 square feet from floors 12-16, and slim down above that.
The trading floors, starting at 190 feet above ground, will hover over a patch of land about two-thirds the size of a city block - an overhang like no other building in New York.
They also gesture ambiguously toward Ground Zero: Does the protrusion compatibly relate to the site's quartet of architecturally arresting towers, or does it fight them?
Kohn noted that, at 42 stories, the JPMorgan Chase tower is much smaller than the buildings inside Ground Zero, crowned by the Freedom Tower at 1776 feet. And he defended its "preliminary" design, pointing out that the rules of the game left him no choice.
In 2004, the state, city and Port Authority agreed to rebuild the Greek Orthodox church on the northern part of the block bounded by Liberty, Greenwich, Albany and Washington streets.
The original church, destroyed on 9/11, stood on the block immediately west, where a new Liberty Park will be built.
Kohn was constrained, having to design a 1.3 million square-foot building with five trading floors of nearly 60,000 square feet each that could not be on or close to the ground.
"We were given this assignment with the church planned just north of the tower. What do you do with trading floors of this size? We can't put them at grade, because the church is going to be there.
"So cantilevering is the only way to go. We weren't given any other option."
With a ceiling formed by the underside of the trading floors, Kohn saw the chance for "a great outdoor room. You'll still see sky and daylight, like an atrium without walls on three sides" that will serve as a "a great porch facing the memorial."
Locals feared the tower would cast shadows on the church and the new park. With no way to avoid overhanging the church, Kohn tried to turn the disadvantage into an advantage - "Here was a location suitable to its scale, where we can light it and frame it properly."
As for the park, Kohn said, "A lot of people were concerned the cantilever would create additional shadows on it." But, he said, extensive studies of the sun's path year-round showed it actually won't do that.
Kohn said his firm drew up the tower's rough contours months ago, but held up work on such crucial issues as facade materials and detail until the bank and PA signed their $300 million deal.
Among many questions now is how to "express" the cantilevered floors, which are sloped on the north side to make them bigger as they go higher.
"For example, will they be trussed?" Kohn mused - meaning a pattern of diagonal exterior braces like those in Richard Rogers' Tower 3.
"Given the challenge, we think we can do a wonderful piece of work, and we're excited JPMorgan wants to be part of it."
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