I’ll be perfectly honest with you. I didn’t really like the design of the new World Trade Center when it first won approval. It seemed basic. But I watched it rise, and I saw it start to shine, catching reflections of the surrounding downtown skyscrapers. I realised I’d missed something early on.
French illustrator Romain Trystram caught that missing something in his latest 1980s-inspired wallpaper. One World Trade Center, the tallest skyscraper in the United States, isn’t basic. It’s futuristic, almost like a tower from Tron. But it’s also classic, and that’s a tough balance to strike.
One World Trade Center shows off its classic charm in a few different ways. The building is wonderfully geometrical, a perfect octagon that converges into a square creating a crystalline effect. It’s classically commanding, like any New York City skyscraper should be. And, again, it’s classic in a terrifically futuristic way, a monolith that wouldn’t be out of place in ancient Egypt but exists in America as a beacon of progress. Trystram’s rendition showed me how my initial hesitations about the building’s design actually illustrate its charm. Clean lines and orderly shapes never go out of style.