Page 81 of 124 FirstFirst ... 317177787980818283848591 ... LastLast
Results 1,201 to 1,215 of 1853

Thread: 7 World Trade Center - by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill

  1. #1201
    Forum Veteran
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Location
    Manhattan
    Posts
    2,636

    Default Official Press Release

    LARRY SILVERSTEIN HOSTS DOWNTOWN CELEBRATION TO MARK THE OPENING OF 7 WORLD TRADE CENTER

    Jeff Koons Sculpture Unveiled in New Public Park;
    Sculpture and Park Are Mr. Silverstein's Gifts to the City

    NEW YORK, May 23, 2006 - World Trade Center Developer Larry A. Silverstein was joined today by public officials, architects, builders, artists, downtown residents, local school children and area workers for a celebration to mark the opening of 7 World Trade Center, the first office building to be rebuilt in Lower Manhattan and the first certified "green" skyscraper in New York City history.

    The ceremony commenced with a singing of "God Bless America" by Irish tenor Ronan Tynan and about 70 children from two neighboring schools - PS 234 Independence School and PS 89. The event also featured the unveiling of Balloon Flower (Red), a sculpture by world-renowned artist Jeff Koons, and an official ribbon cutting for 7 World Trade Center, a 52-story, 1.7 million square-foot office tower, at 250 Greenwich Street.

    The event, hosted by Mr. Silverstein to celebrate the resurgence of Downtown and salute its residents, workers and school children, culminated in a free, two-hour outdoor, public concert featuring Lou Reed, Suzanne Vega, Ollabelle, Citizen Cope, Pharaoh's Daughter, Brazilian Girls, Ronan Tynan, and Bill Ware Vibes.

    "I have been involved in the World Trade Center for half of my 50-year career, and this is one of my proudest moments," said Mr. Silverstein. "More than 3,000 dedicated, hard working and brilliant men and women helped make this day possible, and I thank each and every one of them. 7 World Trade Center is much more than the newest office tower in New York - it is a symbol of the city's resilience and spirit. We have reclaimed an important part of the downtown skyline, and in doing so, we have set new standards in environmental quality, life safety and innovation.

    "But this is just the start," added Mr. Silverstein. "As we speak, construction workers are hard at work on the Freedom Tower, and a host of visionary architects and engineers are working round-the-clock inside 7 World Trade Center to design the next three office and retail towers to be constructed on the site." Port Authority of New York & New Jersey Executive Director Kenneth J. Ringler Jr. added, "This magnificent building sets the bar high and gives us all something to strive for as the rest of the World Trade Center site begins to take shape. I'm pleased that we are now united in our ultimate mission of rebuilding."

    The entire building is 52 stories with tenant floors starting at the 11th floor above street level. The first 10 floors largely are given over to a series of huge bays housing transformers for a Consolidated Edison substation and the street-level lobby facing Greenwich Street, which leads to elevator banks to the tenant floors. The Con Ed substation supplies electrical service to all of Lower Manhattan and replaces equipment destroyed by the attacks on the World Trade Center.

    The surface surrounding the lower 10 stories of the building was designed by Mr. Childs in collaboration with artist James Carpenter, and is a study in reflected color and light. The surface is calibrated to create the illusion of depth. It is animated with light, which evolves naturally by day with the changing exterior conditions, and artificially by night with programmed LED projection sequences. To further complement the kinetic nature of the surfaces, artist Jenny Holzer has created a lobby installation with moving text "as big as Manhattan" chronicling the history of the city through historic poems.

    The new 7 World Trade Center is located at 250 Greenwich Street and is bound by Greenwich, Vesey, Washington and Barclay Streets. To create a more vibrant and interconnected neighborhood, Mr. Silverstein's architect, David Childs, Consulting Design Partner at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, designed a sleeker building, which allows for the re-introduction of Greenwich Street through the World Trade Center site and for the creation of a new neighborhood park.

    "7 World Trade Center is first and foremost an urban gesture," said Mr. Childs. "By pulling the building back from its eastern property line, we allowed Greenwich Street to extend through the site, thereby reuniting Tribeca and the Financial District. A one-acre park now occupies the unused portion of the site, so there is light, air and landscaping in this previously congested area of the city. Designed before the master plan for the World Trade Center site was in place, 7 World Trade Center serves as a gateway to the new World Trade Center and sets an example for future buildings downtown in terms of urbanism, design excellence, safety, and sustainability."

    Jeff Koons, one of the world's most widely recognized artists, created Balloon Flower (Red), the sculpture that sits in the center of the fountain in the new park at 7 World Trade Center. The mirror-polished stainless steel sculpture represents a twisted balloon in the shape of a flower that has been enlarged to monumental scale. Since 1995, Koons created Balloon Flower in five versions: blue, magenta, yellow, orange, and red. Balloon Flower is part of the series known as Celebration, consisting of twenty sculptures and sixteen paintings. Many works of Celebration, including a balloon dog and a mound of Play-Doh, are inspired by a child's playroom.

    The triangular park was created by David Childs with Ken Smith and his colleague Annie Weinmayr of Ken Smith Landscape Architect, and is situated between the now extended Greenwich Street and West Broadway. It consists of a central open plaza with a fountain and flanking groves of trees and shrubs. As the seasons change, so will the colors in the park, providing a soothing natural complement to the adjacent tower.

    The U.S. Green Building Council, which has developed the nation's only common standard of measurement for a "green" building, recently certified 7 World Trade Center at Gold status under its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system. As the first "green" office building in New York City, 7 World Trade Center has been recognized for its pioneering approach to providing occupants with cleaner air and more natural light, while conserving energy and other natural resources. Green efforts include: Rainwater collection for irrigating the park and cooling the building; use of recycled material in the construction effort and separation of refuse and recyclable materials on site; and use of latest glass technology, providing maximum building energy conservation and more natural light for tenants.

    Tishman Construction Corporation Chairman and CEO Daniel R. Tishman, a leader in the green-design-and-construction movement, said, "It has been an honor to serve as Construction Manager for 7 World Trade Center. Our firm, led by my father, John Tishman, built the original Seven World Trade Center, and it was meaningful to all of us that we participate in its recreation. It was also important to generate a case study for life safety innovation and environmentally responsible design in high-rise construction. With this building, we have set a new standard, and we will apply even greater standards to Freedom Tower and beyond."

    About Silverstein Properties

    Silverstein Properties is a Manhattan-based real estate development and investment firm that has developed, owned and managed more than twenty million square feet of office, residential and retail space. In July 2001, Silverstein completed the largest real estate transaction in New York history by acquiring the 10 million sq. ft. World Trade Center, only to see it destroyed by terrorist attacks six weeks later on September 11, 2001. Silverstein has committed to the redevelopment of the World Trade Center site, starting with 7 World Trade Center. For more information, visit www.wtc.com..

  2. #1202
    Disgruntled Optimist lofter1's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    NYC - Downtown
    Posts
    32,654

    Default

    The sculpture at the center of the founatin is kind of cool: it looks like a twisted and tied red balloon (like what a clown might give you at a kid's birthday party). A nice whimsical addition to a very conservative but well done little park.

  3. #1203
    Disgruntled Optimist lofter1's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    NYC - Downtown
    Posts
    32,654

    Default

    Here it is ...


    The ragged remnant of Fiterman Hall, pictured in the background,
    played silent counterpoint to an exuberant Jeff Koons sculpture
    that was unveiled today.

    The nine-foot-high, multilobed, stainless steel sculpture, "Balloon Flower (Red)," sits in a circular fountain in a new triangular park, about one-third of an acre, designed by Ken Smith Landscape Architect. It is framed by planters filled with azaleas and boxwood and by small groves of sweet gum trees.

  4. #1204

    Default

    Essay

    A Sign of Renewal and a Reminder at Ground Zero

    By DAVID W. DUNLAP

    Published: May 23, 2006

    Fiterman Hall didn't exactly overshadow the official opening of 7 World Trade Center today (the sun was in the wrong position for that) but the ragged remnant of 9/11 offered a silent reminder of how much more work there is to do.


    Marilynn K. Yee/The New York Times

    The ragged remnant of Fiterman Hall, pictured in the background, played silent counterpoint to an exuberant Jeff Koons sculpture that was unveiled today.

    With its shattered walls and missing windows, its emptied floors behind shroudlike nets, the 15-story Fiterman Hall played silent counterpoint like the unwanted party guest that everyone notices but no one acknowledges to the candied-apple exuberance of a plump Jeff Koons sculpture that was unveiled by Larry A. Silverstein, the developer of 7 World Trade Center, outside the building's front door on Greenwich Street.

    The nine-foot-high, multilobed, stainless steel sculpture, "Balloon Flower (Red)," sits in a circular fountain in a new triangular park, about one-third of an acre, designed by Ken Smith Landscape Architect. It is framed by planters filled with azaleas and boxwood and by small groves of sweet gum trees.

    Sweet gums are also intended for the World Trade Center memorial plaza but Mr. Smith did not know this until today, so the choice was coincidental. "They have a fabulous fall color," he explained.

    "Balloon Flower (Red)" mimics on a colossal scale the twisted balloon creations that are a staple of children's parties. It is meant as a bit of fun in an otherwise somber setting. "We thought everybody would walk by it and smile," said David M. Childs of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, the architects of 7 World Trade Center.

    Fiterman Hall, across Barclay Street, can wipe that smile off quickly.

    This 1950's office building had been transformed into a classroom hall for the Borough of Manhattan Community College. Nearing the end of a six-year renovation, it was badly damaged on Sept. 11, 2001, by the collapse of the original 7 World Trade Center. It is to be decontaminated, demolished and replaced by a new Fiterman Hall.

    But the federal Environmental Protection Agency has posed dozens of questions about a draft deconstruction plan that was submitted in January. The state Dormitory Authority, which is overseeing the project with the City University of New York, expects to submit an amended and expanded plan to the regulators in July.

    On the fastest conceivable track, decontamination might begin in October and run through next February, with a four-. to six-month demolition to follow, suggesting that Mr. Koons's mirror-polished sculpture will be reflecting Fiterman's ghostly presence for quite some time to come.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2006/05/23/ny...=5070&emc=eta1

  5. #1205

    Default

    Everything is great about it, too bad the structure is butt-ugly.

    Opened one day before my birthday too.

  6. #1206

    Default

    USA Today:


    MrMet388 on Flickr:
    Last edited by BigMac; May 24th, 2006 at 11:19 AM.

  7. #1207

    Default

    I like it, especially the 7 on the side of the building..!

  8. #1208

    Default

    joshuaRHETToric on BlogSpot:







    Last edited by BigMac; May 24th, 2006 at 07:21 PM.

  9. #1209

    Default

    in this weeks REW it came out today
    "
    "Moody's Investors Service is in talks to take as much 500,000 S/F
    at 7 World Trade Center"

  10. #1210

    Default

    Having toured the space, I can assure you that the building will fill up fast.

  11. #1211
    Build the Tower Verre antinimby's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    in Limbo
    Posts
    8,976

    Default

    That Jeff Koon's red balloon sculpture provides such a perfect contrast to the sterile and solemn surroundings, it's not even funny. Great idea.

  12. #1212
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    Metro Detroit, MI
    Posts
    108

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by BigMac
    USA Today:


    MrMet388 on Flickr:
    what an amazing building!! this design blows the original 7 World Trade out of the water!! i like that sculpture too.

  13. #1213
    Forum Veteran
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Location
    Manhattan
    Posts
    2,636

    Default

    there are three major firms currently looking at the space and now that it is open the leasing team has expanded and doubled its size to fill it up, when something breaks ill get it to the board ASAP

  14. #1214

    Default


    (Test of Will)
    Last edited by BigMac; May 26th, 2006 at 09:50 AM.

  15. #1215

    Default

    This is a midtown skyscraper in Lower Manhattan.

Similar Threads

  1. Winter Garden of World Financial Center - Recent pictures
    By Edward in forum New York City Guide For Visitors
    Replies: 166
    Last Post: August 31st, 2016, 01:04 PM
  2. Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree
    By Edward in forum New York City Guide For Visitors
    Replies: 16
    Last Post: December 21st, 2010, 10:17 PM
  3. Building Art at Rockefeller Center
    By ZippyTheChimp in forum New York City Guide For Visitors
    Replies: 26
    Last Post: June 26th, 2009, 03:40 PM
  4. East 57th Street Tops Retail List Highest Rents In the World
    By noharmony in forum New York Real Estate
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: January 30th, 2008, 01:33 PM
  5. Jazz at Lincoln Center - Time Warner Center
    By Edward in forum New York Skyscrapers and Architecture
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: October 16th, 2007, 01:47 PM

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  


Google+ - Facebook - Twitter - Meetup

Edward's photos on Flickr - Wired New York on Flickr - In Queens - In Red Hook - Bryant Park - SQL Backup Software