Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), United States With more than three decades of architectural practice under his belt, TJ Gottesdiener has played significant roles in the formation of the most astounding structures today. Citing Winston Churchill, Gottesdiener says, “We shape our buildings; thereafter, they shape us.” Gottesdiener insists that modern beauty is not just about aesthetics, but also about elegance and functionality.
This was especially important when he headed the project of building One World Trade Center. Bringing simplicity and structural clarity to his work, Gottesdiener describes architecture as “unavoidable art”, which has a great impact on how we perceive daily beauty. “People should be able to look at it and intuitively understand the design. We strive for our work to reflect the aspirations of the city and its culture,” he recalls.
“I’d like for people to come away inspired and uplifted. I feel a great sense of accomplishment walking around a city, and knowing that you were part of making something physical that is more exciting and interesting.”
The official opening of MahaNakhon saw a stunning light display across the sky
Gottesdiener wants the One World Trade Center to be a symbol of the present and the future