1. Yes, the windows was designed in "shoulder length" 18.89 inch (48 cm) wide and 77.95 inch (1,98 cm) high. This has a psychological effect that you feel secure. The architect Minuro Yamasaki was afraid of heights himself. The columns measured 14.5 inch wide x 13.5 inch length (36.83 cm x 34,29 cm).As I understand it, the windows were designed like that as the designer had a fear of heights and also wanted people to feel safe inside, being so high up.
The lobby in new 1WTC is even worse, and the new mall is still going to be underground.
It's even more about money and status now than it was in the 70s
Thanks for the video links.
So you see it was almost 50% windows and 50% columns on each side of the facade.
2. Its all about personal taste in design. But I agree the new lobby looks a bit boring. But lets see how it looks when it opens before we conclude.
2.5 Yes and No. Most of the new Mall is gonna be in different levels. In WTC 2-3-4 its gonna be in the first 3 floors. And underground in the transportation hub and WTC 1.
3. No. There is no money today. See how we are not even sure that 2 and 3 WTC is gonna be build right away. And they just redesigned 3 WTC to make it smaller. Today its all about making a suitable design and office space that fits modern standards.
Im glad you enjoyed the videos. I have some more.
This is part 4 (The part showing most of the open floor area) of a Fireproofing Condition and Upgrade video from the 85th floor of 2WTC in July 17th, 2001. Sorry if it gets a little technical.
I like this PBS series about the World Trade center, mostly about Philippe Petit's 1974 high-wire walk between the towers.
This is part 1.