Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The Perfect Rejoinder

In my last post, I alluded to the fact that not everyone thinks the new One World Trade Center is the tallest building in the U.S. There's some debate over whether to count the spire when calculating the structure's height.

1 WTC, with Chicago's Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) inset.

From the NBC Chicago website:
The final decision will be made by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, headquartered on the campus of the Illinois Institute of Technology, and according to executive director Anthony Wood, the spire is questionable. 
"The feature that counts in the height has to be an integral part of the architecture. The thing that manifests itself is that is it a spire, or is it a piece of technical, functional equipment, like an antenna," Wood said. "The discussion about whether that is a spire or an antennae, is a discussion that is ongoing now, and we're convening our committee to rule on it." 
Willis Tower has 108 floors — four more floors than the WTC, which some people think should count for something. 
"You've got to go by more floors," Chicagoan Rob Reiner said. "Otherwise you could just keep putting towers on top of towers — a big pole."

It seems unfair that a person in Illinois is going be deciding this. (It's also worth noting that the original World Trade Center had 110 floors, yet was never considered taller than the Sears Tower.)

But there's only one answer to give someone who thinks the Willis Tower is taller than 1 WTC...