January 08, 2003
Hotel Gaudi on WTC site
Here is my first official Free Space Comix scoop! I have these 6 images of designs Antoni Gaudí created in 1908 for a hotel in New York on what became the WTC site. A panel discussing these images will be held:
Thursday, January 23, 6 pm.
The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue/34th Street
There's also a website with more images, essays, etc.
Posted by Brian Stefans at January 8, 2003 11:43 AM
Wow. Looks like it should have been called The Rocket Hotel ...
Rocket-schmocket! This hotel looks like a giant penises smushed together! I mean, check out the "lit-up view."
Ideal! Why go for more Asian-style glass crap? Let's place NYC back on the spotlight or architecture. Let's change the future now. Architecture must recapture the lost path.
Its much nicer than the traditional square or rectangular cubes that we've been making the past 50 years. It actually has character all its own which will be good to memorialize the WTC.
My votes on this one.
I wonder how long it will take the panel to talk about the "phallacies" of the modernist hotel, hey!
We should make bets. Anyway, if they did attempt to master this building (which would look hilarious in nyc--heck this ain't barceloney), it would take billions of years. Look at Sagrada Familia, she's still not done.
Not only is Gaudi's design visually stunning but the proportions of the structure are perfectly suited for the reconstructive needs of the people of NYC. At slightly over 1000 feet, the beautiful parabolic lines of the upper portion of the building will stand out admirably in NYC's new skyline. The tapering heights will most harmoniously combine with the deco shapes of the older tall buildings.
Since most of the upper half of Gaudi's design is hollow the building is much safer than a conventionally designed office skyscrapper. Most of the building mass is concentrated in the lower half so the possibility of a WTC style terrorist attack being successful is vastly reduced.
Most importantly of all, Gaudi's design includes a massive, 400 foot high memorial chamber for the victims of the September 11 attack. The total volume committed to this memorial space would be something on the order of 50 million cubic feet! Essentally, the whole upper half of the building would be reserved as a giant Remembrance space.
Surely Mr Gaudi's design is the best we have seen so far.
The building has an outline that looks like hands folded in prayer.Go for it!
I believe that the space in downtown New York is an incredibly limited commodity. In order to maximize the use of space, perhaps a larger design might be considered. Of course, I'm a favor of Gaudi's architectural style and certainly agree that something radical is preferable to traditional skyscrapers.
I've heard a lot last week about gaudí designs... but this one is just... Beautifull!
P.S: Sorry for my english...
count me in. gaudi is a master & a marvel.
this is an odd opportunity to breathe life back into a lost gem, an elixir for our grief. m.lippert
I guess it's a little late to even voice my opinion, as they decided on the final two designs yesterday. I believe it is a mistake to choose one of the more modern designs that have been proposed. As our country moves into a time where we are trying to look to our past to learn for the future; how better than to use a design that was years ahead of its time. I know it does not practically use most of the footprint it will use, but he!! look at the proposed designs. I do not know who is on the committe to help choose the designs, but they should take a little more time to contemplate the design. Whatever one is chosen, will be looked upon with scrutiny by not only by New Yorkers, but many of those around the globe.
Stunning,that is the most of what I can say of the gaudi design,to think that a man so long ago could look at the future and make this design just for NYC. A building like that in NYC will have people from all over the world visiting the city to see this wonder of architecture. The previos tower had no visual affect just office space with a view and I believe in the end lack of vision will prevail. I hope some entrepreneur will see the value of this design and give some part of the world the benefit.
Looks like some kind of alien spaceship. No wonder they never built it.
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hey flight ticket....it's called english, learn how to use it...nobody has a clue what your post means you fuckin freak...suck my cock!
that is ENGLISH
Lots of wasted space.....Just to look "far out?"
I think the whole exercise was just an attempt in futility. You have a limit to how far into the future you CAN actually project. If they`re going to build super structures like dis in the future it would be in the farthest, remotest and unlikeliest distant future. Trust me!!!
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Want is the problem of the americans with spanish people??
Antonio Gaudi is one of the best designers of all the history, and think about your Liberty State; It´s french.
The oldest Spanish Imperium discovered you, you don´t be the center of the world.
Any american boy or gril know nothing about geograhy and history.
Sorry for my english, i´m from spain and i love America also America don´t know where is spanish
Antoni Gaudí is from Barcelona, and he was the most important modernist architecter!
I´m from Barcelona...you know! hehehehe..
Ahhh...Great Michael Moore´s film "Bowling for Columbine"!!
PD: sorry for my engish too
Poues claro pero es que estos yankis xenofobos no saben mirar mas alla de sus narices, q esperas de un pais que se hace llamar el de la libertad y tienen leyes de la Edad Media como la pena de muerte
Great comments guys. Peter FDA
One of the greatest architects of all time projected this building having in mind the vast heights of NYC skyline, even at his time. The hollow dome of his Hotel is a counterbalance to the massive presence of the sorrounding skycrapers, and could, as formerly suggested, specifically have been dedicated to the memory of those killed in 9/11. I doubt the jury of the New WTC Zone Contest did seriously regard the posibility of this project being undertaken, if it was ever proposed to them, mostly because of the far from optimum ratio of ground terrain / usable office surface (after all, it's -don't forget it- a question of money, in the center of the financial heart of the world). A stupendous opportunity for giving South Manhattan Skyline a modern although 100 y.o. style has been lost.
By the way, I'm from Almeria, in the mediterranean coast of Spain. Saludos a mis colegas del maisen!
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