Architect sues SOM for allegedly ripping off
1 WTC design

Jeehoon Park claims he came up with tower in 1999

TRD New York /
Jun.June 15, 2017 08:40 AM

One World Trade Center (credit: Joe Mabel via Wikimedia Commons)

A Georgia architect is suing the designers of One World Trade Center for allegedly stealing his design work.

In a complaint filed in New York State Supreme Court on Wednesday, Jeehoon Park claims architecture firm Skidmore Owings & Merrill shouldn’t take credit for designing One World Trade Center because it ripped of a design he came up with as a graduate student. He seeks unspecified damages, the New York Post reported.

Park, who runs Qube Architecture, argues SOM’s design has a “striking similarity” with his own, dubbed Cityfront ‘99. According to the complaint, SOM may have seen the design when it appeared in the 2006 film The Lake House, which was filmed “in the main lobby of the building where SOM’s Chicago office was located.

One World Trade Center co-developer, the Durst Organization recently received a different design-related lawsuit, when tenant Conde Nast sued over dirty windows. [NYP]Konrad Putzier

Related Articles

An example of roll-off waste management (Credit: YouTube, iStock)

Big building owners prevent city from dumping container-pickup in trash-collection reform

The architect claims the design, construction and marketing of the tower rips off the design of a tower he planned and modeled for his thesis

Lawsuit over WTC design is whittled down

“I can talk about erections all day”: NAR tech consultant’s bizarre fireside chat

Council member Vanessa Gibson (Credit: New York City Council)

Commercial landlords face new fines as City Council passes anti-harassment bill

As House begins impeachment inquiry, here’s what we know about Trump’s Ukraine-real estate ties

Embattled Prodigy Network CEO Rodrigo Niño to step down

The Watchtower building at 25 Columbia Heights, CIM Group’s Shaul Kuba (right) and LIVWRK’s Asher Abehsera (Credit: Wikipedia, CIM Group, and LinkedIn)

JPMorgan leads $335M refi for CIM and LIVWRK’s Watchtower renovation

Multifamily market still reigns in Queens, Blackstone balks after rent reforms and more of the biggest CRE trends right now