The new plan which comes after months of contentious negotiations between designers Daniel Libeskind and David Childs retains many elements of Libeskind's original plan but appears to smooth out its most angular elements.
"We owe it to the heroes who died on Sept. 11 and we owe it as an expression of our confidence in the future to have this soaring tribute to the memory of the heroes we lost and to freedom," Gov. George Pataki said as he displayed renderings on NBC's "Today" show. Further details of the design were to be discussed at a news conference.
"This represents a melding of two very, very talented creative geniuses," Pataki said.
The two architects reached a compromise design after months of feuding over the size and shape of the tower that will rise at the World Trade Center site.
Negotiations between Libeskind and Childs were contentious, but the two met a deadline set by Pataki.
Childs said they had "a spectacular time working together."
"Creative minds have different thoughts about how you do things," he said. "I wouldn't want to work with somebody who would just say yes."
The plan follows the original, asymmetrical structure proposed by Libeskind, who was originally tapped as the architect to remake ground zero by the Lower Manhattan Development Corp., the agency charged with redevelopment.
But Childs, who was appointed by leaseholder Larry Silverstein, succeeded in including a lattice structure filled with energy-generating windmills at the top of the building. Childs likened the suspension elements of the new design to the Brooklyn Bridge, with the bottom of the building "torqued or twisted."
The tower would include 70 stories of office space and a 276-foot spire and would be topped by broadcast antennas. The tapered building evokes the Statue of Liberty across the harbor, as Libeskind envisioned.