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January 23, 2003

WTC -- Gaudi's Entry

Friedrich --

A design by Antonio Gaudi has been resurrected by a Boston architect who wants to place it in the competition for the WTC site. You can see a nothing-if-not-striking image -- one that suggests that, like Frank Lloyd Wright, Gaudi too went through a Ming-the-Merciless phase -- here.

Link thanks to Jim Ryan at Philosoblog (here), who loves the design.



posted by Michael at January 23, 2003


That is way too cool! I would love to see a real-life mock-up of it to see if it's actaully feasible. Not sure how it would fit in with the rest of the skyline, though...

Posted by: Alexandra on January 23, 2003 9:40 PM

I can't help myself -- THAT ABSOLUTELY FRIKKIN' ROCKS!!!

Posted by: Scott Chaffin on January 23, 2003 10:28 PM

Gaudi is never dull. I wonder though, what goes in the central tower that doesn't have any windows? (Or is it supposed to be all glassed in?)

Posted by: Friedrich von Blowhard on January 24, 2003 12:11 PM

It's like something out of a Bond movie: the villain's lair, which of course ignites and takes off for the moon when the authorities close in...

It needs to be built.

Posted by: jimbo on January 24, 2003 12:37 PM

I think the Gaudi design is not appropriate for today's contemporary style. The towers should be in today's style , just like Raymond Chai's proposal of GATEWAY LANTERN concept. You can view WWW.CHAI.TV for many of the beautiful design sketches, and you can compare it with Gaudi's. See what you think of it.

CHAI vision of the World Trade Centre Lower Manhattan was inspired from his original oil painting of a floating "giant lantern" in the sky. This idea was further developed into a 200 to 300+ storey height, 1120 metres or 3673 feet twin towers (or can be reduced to any height but not lower than existing height) with distinctive contemporary towers which will dominate and embrace the landscape of the Lower Manhattan city skyline.

Posted by: raymond on January 28, 2003 10:00 PM

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