The tower is now a far cry from the design selected several years ago. (See my post on the original design here.)
At its base, the Freedom Tower would be 200 feet square, like the twin towers and the two voids that are to be created in their place as part of the Sept. 11 memorial. Mr. Childs said the new building's "most important role is being a marker in the sky of the memorial."
Here are a few renderings of what the Freedom Tower, and the NY skyline will look like...
To me, this is not as graceful as the original, but I'm not student of architecture, and I'm sure that solid base will be easier to justify. Click here for a viewpoint from Curbed.