Originally Posted by Alliance
That being said, I think roof height will become the official height mesurement and by that standard, its shorter than Sears. I'm honestly surprized that they didn't go for what would have been #1 in the US. I think the 1776 imo is a lame gimmick. I'd rather see an alpha dog building.
You have to remember what the mood was like here in NY soon after 9/11. There was all this talk about building short so there wouldn't be any new targets for the terrorists, etc. I was genuinely worried at the beginning that they were going to put up a bunch of short towers (or, no towers at all! Don't forget that some people were clamoring for the whole site to be just a memorial
Fast forward a few years later and I was genuinely shocked (in a pleasant way) when they revealed a building as tall as WTC (not counting the spire). I'm not talking about the previous design with the wind-mills, I mean the current design, where we'd actually be getting real floors all the way to the top.
I suppose they could've made it even taller (roof height, I mean) but I believe there were still apprehensive people among the designer/politicians, wondering if companies would actually want to work in such a tall building. And, some thought that building so high would appear arrogant and foolish.
Today, the fear brought on by 9/11 is quickly becoming a distant memory and companies seem eager to return to the area. But by now, it's too late for yet another design change (and I'm one New Yorker who is tired of the delays!)
You put it all together and I'm not surprised they didn't build it higher. But, since I remember how tall and big the Twin Towers were (especially when viewed from the ground), I'm more than satisfied with the height of FT. (As an aside, I'll mention that I've been to the Sears Tower and from the ground, it doesn't appear as tall as the Twins did, for the simple reason that it "tapers" as it goes up, whereas the Twins were solid straight walls all the way up; while it does taper slightly, the FT will similarly have walls that go all the way up to the top, which is a design element I'm glad we'll be getting!)
Let's remember that the original WTC stopped being the World's Tallest a long time ago. We New Yorkers got used to not having the tallest. Oh, well, no biggie! (no pun intended