Monday, November 21, 2011

The Right Image

Blue glass, brown horizontal stripes, and a vertical shaft are architectural cliches in most buildings, but in One World Trade Center they are appropriately combined to not only give the building a distinct look, but multiple appearances depending on the viewer's location, the time of day, and the weather.

In the right light, the blue glass at the top of this skyscraper and the blue glass vertical shaft blend into the sky, making this building look like a pair of twin towers, an appropriate, if inadvertent, homage to the buildings of a more famous World Trade Center that once stood three thousand miles away.

One World Trade Center anchors one end of Long Beach's downtown business corridor, though it doesn't look or feel at all like it's on the edge of the action. This is, in part, because of a two-story retail and restaurant podium, and a hotel that are part of the Long Beach World Trade Center development.

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