Terrorism should be answered with a symbol of the strength of culture and civilisation rather than that of financial power in the shape of a new office tower. The World Tower of Culture on the site of the collapsed Twin Towers would bring together cultural and educational institutions from all over the world. Because of its elevated characteristic, this building would provide generous open spaces at street level. The horizontal “ Wolkenbugel” would be a unique element in the skyline and give New York for the first time a civic building as an icon for the city.
Program: 1.000.000 m2
Client: L.M.D.C. New York
Status: Int. competition 2002, with S.O.M.