Posted by Paul Malo on September 16, 2002 at 17:15:31:
In Reply to: Re: 300 Windows on the World posted by Andrzej Gliwinski on September 16, 2002 at 15:17:12:
My impression (and I'm not authoritative about this) is that the essential concept was to have all the rental offices in the two towers. The other major component of the project was automobile parking, much of it under the plaza level, but also (as I recall) in the low-rise structures. Naturally, given the exposure of all the buildings, the levels most accessible to pedestrians were devoted to commerical and supplimentary office use. That was consequential to the notion of supplimentary parking structures, however.
The hotel, I recall, was an afterthought, built to utilize a marginal space on the site. Yamasaki's conceptual thinking, I believe, was "modern" in a rationalist, conceptual sense--and was not as abritrary and capricious as you suggest.
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