New York City’s City Hall, designed by the renowned American architect Robert Kahn, is the most decorated building in the world.
Its grandiose neoclassical style and towering windows are a fitting backdrop to the city’s skyline, but its most enduring feature is the iconic facade of the World Trade Center, which still looms over the site.
The building’s history goes back to the early 20th century, when the architect William Howard Taft built it to house the US military headquarters of the United States.
The massive concrete structure stood for more than 60 years before falling in the 9/11 attacks, in which almost 3,000 people died.
Taft, who died in 2005, also designed the White House and the Capitol Building, and he died in 2012 at the age of 86.
The skyscraper has become a symbol of American exceptionalism, and its architects, including Kahn, were influential in shaping American architecture.
However, while Kahn’s skyscraper is the biggest in the US, other architects were also involved in the construction.
The architecture of the buildings that survived the attack has been compared to those of medieval churches.
The towers of the two World Trade Centers, both designed by Kahn, became known as the Towers of America, and they have been a symbol for the United Kingdom since the collapse of the twin towers of World Trade Centre 7 in 2001.
“I think what Kahn did in the towers is that he took the idea of architecture and the skyscraper, which was designed by his father in the 1920s, and combined it with something else: modernism,” says Michael Glynn, professor of architecture at the University of New South Wales in Sydney.
In addition to being the tallest building in New York, the World War II-era twin towers were the tallest in the country. “
And Kahn was the person who got the idea to bring that modernist element to the skyscrapers.”
In addition to being the tallest building in New York, the World War II-era twin towers were the tallest in the country.
Glynn says it is also the most photographed building in America, with more than 30 million images captured of the structures.
“The towers, for their part, have become iconic.
They’re everywhere, even in America.
So it’s not just about the skyscapus,” he says.
Glynne says there has been a revival of interest in the building after its collapse.
“Kahn had this vision of something that was going to make the city beautiful and that was something that I think he was able to convey in the World Tower, which took place a couple of years after the collapse.”
The design of the towers also shaped New York’s skyline for decades.
“They had this sense of space, which I think has since been taken away from them,” Glynn said.
“A lot of people in the city don’t know the history of the Twin Towers, and that’s because it’s a city that was built for the rich.”
Glynn believes the city should honour Kahn’s vision.
“If we can do it, why not give that same sense of purpose to the World Towers?” he said.