2005_06_newfreedomtower.jpgThe supposedly safer Freedom Tower designs will be unveiled today, and it's more streamlined. And maybe more boring - but any hopes of something interesting went away when Larry Silverstein got more involved with the design. The NY Times writes that the tower's "height and proportion, centered antenna and cut-away corners, tall lobbies and pinstripe facade [evokes] - both deliberately and coincidentally - the sky-piercing twins it is meant to replace." The tower, designed by David Childs and his firm, Skidmore Owings & Merrill, is now set further back and has a more reinforced base; there's no more spire, windmills on the roof, latticework, and other elements of the Daniel Libeskind deign. It will be, however, still be 1,776 feet tall. The wild card is when Freedom Tower will be completed (2009? 2010?); an interesting point is that now the simpler design may help save money and time.

More about the design from the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation.