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TRIZEK 60-Story Office Building Proposal, Kansas City, Design Sketches

A work made of black ink on paper.

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  • A work made of black ink on paper.




Harry Weese Associates (American, 1947–2000)
Robert Eugene Bell (American, 20th Cent.)

About this artwork

In the early 1980s, architect Harry Weese and structural engineer Charles H. Thornton collaborated on an experimental project for a supertall skyscraper with a 45-degree torque from the base to the top of the tower, providing wind resistance in a manner similar to guy lines, the steel cables employed to stabilize broadcasting towers and telephone poles. Although Weese was not known for designing tall buildings, this high-profile study led to a widely publicized, unrealized design of 1982 for a 210-story building for the World Trade Center Chicago. Since then his ideal of the twisted rectangular column has become a standard type for contemporary tall buildings, including the design for the 1 World Trade Center in New York.


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Architecture and Design


Harry Weese Associates (Architect)


TRIZEK 60-Story Office Building Proposal, Kansas City, Design Sketches


Kansas City (Building address)

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Black ink on paper


27.9 × 21.5 cm (11 × 8 1/2 in.)

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Gift of Robert E. Bell

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