Sunday, June 14, 2015
Will it become an Icon?
Will this new building stand out from the crowd and become an icon of New York City? I question if it will for a few reasons. It is large, but not strikingly so, the exterior finish blends in with the surroundings - rather then stand out, and the the name is political not iconic. I think this building will simply blend in as a large building in a city of huge buildings. New York has others, the Chrysler building was built to rival the Empire State Building, and yet I have never noticed it in New York City, it blends in, it is not a symbol of the city. Chicago has several other significant buildings, sorry Donald, but the new Trump Tower, even with his name on the side in what look like block high letters, is not a recognized symbol of Chicago. And so I suspect the Freedom Tower will soon be another huge building in lower Manhattan. Until we start seeing tourists buying images of the building wrapped in a giant Ape.