Twin Towers 2

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Twin Towers II
General information
Status Visionary
Type Office, observation, communication, residential
Town or city New York City
Country  United States
Height
Architectural 1,475 ft (450 m)
Antenna spire 1,858 ft (566 m)
Technical details
Floor count 115
Design and construction
Architect Kenneth Gardner
Architecture firm The Gardner Group
Engineer Herbert Belton
Website
WTC

The Twin Towers II is a proposed twin-towered supertall skyscraper complex in New York City, which would replace the former Twin Towers of the World Trade Center (destroyed in the September 11 attacks), restoring the skyline of the city to its former state. The new towers would have 115 floors—5 floors taller than the originals. The proposed buildings were designed by Kenneth Gardner and Herbert Belton, and sponsored by Donald Trump.[1] The towers would be situated next to the original footprints of the towers. The memorial called to use the surviving exterior panels of the collapsed towers.[2]

History

The height of the proposed towers would be 1,475 feet (450 m) by roof height and a 383 feet (117 m) communication mast would bring the North Tower to a total height of 1,858 feet. The base of both towers would be 215 by 215 feet.[3] The surrounding buildings would be a hotel, and other public buildings for office space.[4] This design was favored by many families of victims in the 9/11 attacks. The Gardner-Belton plan was also favored by Fernando Ferrer, former Bronx president.[5] An organization called Twin Towers Alliance was an organization dedicated to rebuilding the Twin Towers, but not affiliated with Gardner or Belton. Donald Trump, at that time, harshly criticized the proposed Freedom Tower.[6][7] The Libeskind's child design of Freedom Tower was going through difficult design changes, and the progress was highly criticized as well. During the design process, supporters of the Twin Towers 2 thought rebuilding the Twin Towers was a better option.[8] However, the Twin Towers design was not chosen by Larry Silverstein and former New York Governor George Pataki; instead, the site master plan chosen by the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation (LMDC) for rebuilding the World Trade Center site was Memory Foundations by Studio Daniel Libeskind.[9][10] According to a poll by MSNBC, over 90 percent of the people surveyed wanted the Twin Towers II plan to be built.[11]

Mulderij's design

Andy Mulderij, a 3D designer from Heerlen, Netherlands, designed another Twin Towers concept for the World Trade Center site.[12] His design plan was broadcast on TV Limburg in 2011.[13] Mulderij's design was inspired by Kenneth Gardner's design, but with substantial differences. One of the differences was the antenna spire, while Garnder's consisted of a 383-foot antenna mast, Mulderij's design had a spire covered in Radome for a combined height of 2,368 feet. In 2015, Mulderij started an online advocacy group in hopes of building "Twin Towers II" somewhere in New York City.[14]

References

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  6. "Trump calls Freedom Tower 'disgusting' and a 'pile of junk'". MSNBC. May 13, 2005.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. STEINHAUER, Jennifer (May 19, 2005). "Trump Proposes Putting Up 2 Towers at Trade Center Site". New York Times.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "Group proposes rebuilding Twin Towers". CNN. February 20, 2004.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. Murdock, Deroy (May 9, 2005). "Scrap The Freedom Tower". National Review. Archived from the original on January 23, 2015. Retrieved May 10, 2005. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. "Refined Master Site Plan for the World Trade Center Site". Lower Manhattan Development Corporation. February 27, 2003. Retrieved May 31, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. "Joint Statement of 'Twin Towers II' and the Twin Towers Alliance". NBC2. August 11, 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. Jansen, Robbyn (March 23, 2011). "Werk Heerlenaar in 9/11 Museum New York". limburger.nl.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  13. "Andy Mulderij - TV Limburg". Retrieved April 5, 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  14. "Project Twins official website". Retrieved 15 February 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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