Controversial Spanish architect to design church at Ground Zero in New York, but will it fall over anyway?

A Spanish architect has been given the brief to redesign a church destroyed by the 9/11 terror attacks. But will it fall over all on its own?

by the commentator on 21 October 2014 13:18


Amid years of controversy over what (and by whom) should be built at Ground Zero in New York in the wake of the 9/11 terror attacks, a new controversy has erupted over the re-construction of a Greek Orthodox church destroyed in the attack which killed almost 3,000 people, Spanish media is reporting on Tuesday.

According to Spain's English language outlet, The Local, Zurich-based Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava has been given the job of rebuilding the Saint Nicholas church:

"The building with a budget of $20 million (€15.6 million) is expected to be completed in 2016 or 2017, and will be constructed of white marble. It will also feature LED lighting."

However, Mr. Calatrava's previous designs have led some to question whether the Church may in any case fall over.

"Residents in the Spanish city of Murcia say his glass-floored Vistabella bridge is dangerous, despite the city authorities laying down a €60,000 carpet to prevent falls....

"Some of his other building issues include problems with three bridges in Holland which rusted after a year and a Parliament in the northern Spanish city of Oviedo for which he was forced to pay €3.15 million in compensation after the eaves of the building collapsed," The Local reported.

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