Originally Posted by chris123678
Spires can't be removed.
Since they don't plan to remove it, it's a spire. it may not look like one, but it is.
A spire is an integral
part of the architectural design of the building, an antenna is not. See: Sears Tower, John Hancock, One Shell Plaza
However, there is of course the politicking to make an antenna count as part of the official height. See: Bank of America (total bullshit, but for some reason it counts).
Simply because the broadcast antenna on top of the new WTC isn't intended to be removed, does NOT make it a spire. It's just an antenna, and thus doesn't count. Otherwise you have to start counting all of those others as well. After all, if the broadcast technology changes, the antenna might be shortened or lengthened depending on need. That's not an architectural change, it's a functional and thus non-integral design change.
NOT a spire.