One World Trade Center is the main building of the new World Trade Center complex found in New York City’s Lower Manhattan. The especially modern design is an inventive blend of architecture, safety and sustainability. The building’s minimalism of form is ageless, mirroring the long tradition of American ingenuity in high-rise edifices. One World Trade Center is a new visual attraction for both New York and the United States.
The 104-story skyscraper was erected on the northwest corner of the 16-acre World Trade Center location, or where the former location of the original 6 World Trade Center was. The building is surrounded to the west by West Street, on the north by Vesey Street, on the south by Fulton Street, and on the east by Washington Street.
A representational cornerstone of One World Trade Center was laid in a ceremony on July 4, 2004, but serious construction for the building began on April 27, 2006. By March 30, 2009, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey established that the structure would be called by its legal name, One World Trade Center, and not Freedom Tower.
The tower’s steel structure maxed out on August 30, 2012, and by May 10, 2013, the final section of the skyscraper’s spire was put in place, making One World Trade Center the highest building in the Western Hemisphere. After parts of the installation were transported to the top the week before, the hoisting of the spire and succeeding completion of the installation was greeted with applause by workers who watched from the ground.
Serving as a first-class broadcast antenna, the spire weighs 758 tonnes and is 408 feet tall. It can be seen miles away, and a mounted LED-powered light will warn aircraft. Understandably, workers expressed mixed emotions as the latest building highlight was reached. It is also the fourth-tallest skyscraper in the world by pinnacle height. Its spire has a symbolic height of 1,776 feet, honoring the year of the United States Declaration of Independence.
It has been the tallest structure in NYC since April 30, 2012, when it exceeded the height of the Empire State Building. The new World Trade Center complex will also include three other high-rise office structures to be found along Greenwich Street, as well as the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, situated south of One World Trade Center, where the original Twin Towers once were. The project is part of an effort to honor the tragic destruction of the original World Trade Center complex in September 11, 2001.