One World Trade Center continues to inch towards completion. The south side of the tower’s base now has its special ‘shatter-proof’ facade, which is a disappointing departure from the original plan. The podium glass is discordant with the rest of the tower, and appears as a dull shade of greenish-grey—though it’s certainly better than having to look at the concrete sarcophagus underneath.
Installation of the antenna is ongoing, but there has been no visible progress since the last update. The rest of the antenna is on-site, and Tectonic at Wired New York has photos that show the very tip, which retained its original design despite the removal of the radome. The tip appears large and out of scale compared to the spindly mass of metal below, and will eventually stand as a tribute to the awkwardness of value-engineering.