A Half-scale WTC tower in Oklahoma:
For the BOk building, Yamasaki reprised the scheme of a Twin Tower at almost exactly half the scale: 52 stories and 667 feet tall, to the Twin Towersâ€™ 110 floors (1,362 and 1,368 feet). It has 31 steel perimeter columns per side, to the Twin Towersâ€™ 59, producing the same eye-boggling vertical lines on each face. (As Jean Baudrillard noted of the more famous pair, well before its destruction, it is â€œblind,â€ with no side presenting a facade.) The BOk, too, has a bilevel lobby, whose height is matched by arched windows. But the arches are big and round, like a childâ€™s plain wooden building blocks, rather than the Venetian Gothic ogees that, in the World Trade Center, flowed directly into the perimeter columns.
I am surprised that the Tulsa tower is not better known as a surviving relation of the World Trade Center, that it hasnâ€™t turned into a site of folk devotion to 9/11. Although I grew up in Tulsa, I discovered the link belatedly, just a couple of years ago. As a child, despite being fascinated by famous tall buildings, I donâ€™t think I ever noticed the likeness. To me, they were both just what big buildings looked like.