Secondary Research: Construction Freedom Tower

Construction of the freedom tower started to take place in 2006 with it finishing in 2014 taking 26,000 people to complete the complex and 8 years to build. With the cost of construction estimated at around3.8 billion dollars making it the most expensive building in the world.

With the base of the tower 186 feet tall it’s also  200 feet by 200 feet, the top of the tower is 145 feet by 145 feet.The shaft of the tower is 1,182 feet tall, the glass prisms at the base is 13 feet tall. The floor space around the building is 2,600,000 square feet. The building tapers inward at an angle of 3.8 degrees. The chamfers taper outward at the same angle, resulting in a 16-foot overhang. The building is 1,776 feet above the city

The height to the roof is 1,368 feet, the same height as one of the world trade centers. but there is a spire which has been added to the top of the building which Sculptor Kenneth Snelson built. As for the person that Designed the freedom tower it self  David M. Childs of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. The freedom tower is a 104 story building.

The first thing that was installed the freedom tower was a 30 foot steal beam which public where invited to sign this was welded onto the buildings base on December 19th 2006. 

Many people would have worried about safety after 911, I took this information from the world trade centre website:  One WTC incorporates advanced life-safety systems that exceed New York City building code requirements. From structural redundancy to dense fireproofing to biochemical filters, it creates a new standard for high-rise buildings. Extra-wide pressurized stairs, multiple backups on emergency lighting, and concrete protection for all sprinklers ensure optimal firefighter access. Exits are designed to ensure easy evacuation, and all safety systems are encased in the core wall, with the enhanced elevators.  

Before the final idea for the freedom tower was planned there where many ideas planned my two favourites are.

This was a design by London-based architects Foster + partners design sought to evoke memory and rebirth. Two crystalline towers, comprised of stacked triangular designs, met at three points, creating what the architects called a “kiss,” but also emergency escape routes for public areas of the tower their design also employed a multi-layered skin that provided natural ventilation with a cluster of trees planted in the atrium to cleanse the air and symbolize life
.911-United_Architects_1-537x365 United Architects’ design fused five towers that joined to form a cathedral like enclosure over an outdoor public promenade. Seventy five feet below street level, the project created a viewing point, asking visitors to look up at the sky, rather than looking down at the holes which once held the original building’s foundations — a symbol of optimism and peace.
To also develop my research I have used Pinterest the board Urban landascapes helped my development for ideas in what to create to show development for my work, or give me new techniques to try and use, also how one technique can be used in different ways.
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