Willis Sears Tower (aka Big Willie Style) has been overtaken by the new One World Trade Center in NYC as the tallest building in the US. While it was a controversial ruling (see entire backstory here), the great architecture critic from the Chicago Tribune, Blair Kamin provides perspective:
At 2,717 feet, Dubai’s staggeringly high Burj Khalifa is taller than the John Hancock Center and the Willis Tower combined.. Saudi Arabia is building a skyscraper that will soar to about 1 kilometer, or 3,281 feet. Drawings show its planned knifelike spire poking through the clouds. Both these skyscrapers, incidentally, were designed in Chicago.
As a result, Chicago shouldn’t suffer any loss of civic pride over Tuesday’s ruling that New York’s One World Trade Center will unseat Willis Tower as the nation’s tallest building. Mayor Rahm Emanuel may be miffed, yet there’s really no reason to be.
Mayor Emanuel doesn’t feel that way and it does sting a little. But regardless, the Sears tower is still an important symbol for our city’s architecture prominence. Hopefully someone in Chicago will soon dream even bigger and reclaim the title as the country’s tallest skyscraper.
The Chicago Tribune also provides this interesting graphic of the tallest buildings in the world: