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UK practice flattered by 'striking similarity' of Freedom Tower design

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A small Bristol-based practice has claimed the new design for the World Trade Center, recently unveiled by Daniel Libeskind and David Childs, bears an uncanny resemblance to its own competition entry.

Angus Meeks Architects, which submitted its tower design in the 2002 competition, told the AJ that 'although we do not suspect any foul play, it is nice to know that our idea was so close to what is actually going to be built'.

Director Roger Ellams said the office immediately noticed 'a striking likeness' between its skyscraper proposal (left) and the Freedom Tower design produced by competition-winner Libeskind in collaboration with SOM's Childs (right).

'On seeing the latest scheme we were struck by the similarity with the design for the landmark tower from our own proposals, ' he said. 'It is odd because we drew up the proposals very quickly as a bit of a joke.'

'It appears that great minds think alike, ' he added.

'However, unfortunately, we believe that this current proposal is still less elegant than our original.'

But Ellams insisted there was 'absolutely no chance' the practice would sue.

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