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One World Trade Cent
Alternative namesfourth tallest building
General information
StatusTopped out, full tower structure completed. Interior furnishing and exterior under construction. Antenna completed
TypeFor trading and so many other things
Architectural styleContemporary modern
LocationNew York City, New York, USA
Coordinates40°42′46.8″N 74°0′48.6″W / 40.713°N 74.0135°W / 40.713; -74.0135Coordinates: 40°42′46.8″N 74°0′48.6″W / 40.713°N 74.0135°W / 40.713; -74.0135
Construction startedApril 27, 2006[1]
OpeningJune 1, 2013[2][3]
Cost$3.9 billion (May 2013 estimate)[4]
Roof1,368 ft (417.0 m)
Top floor1,268 ft (386.5 m)[3]
Technical details
Floor count104 (+5 basement floors)[3][5]
Floor area3,501,274 sq ft (325,279 m2)[3]
Design and construction
Main contractorTishman Construction
ArchitectDavid Childs (Skidmore, Owings & Merrill)[6]
DeveloperPort Authority of New York and New Jersey[3]
Structural engineerWSP Cantor Seinuk

The One World Trade Center (or Freedom Tower) is the main building of the new World Trade Center complex in Lower Manhattan, New York City. The building will be 1,776 feet tall and is designed by David Childs of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. At this time, it is under construction. The glass façade has covered the whole exterior. Since late 2013, it is the tallest building in the United States after the Willis Tower in Chicago, Illinois. It opened in late 2014.

Height controversy

On November 8, 2013, a debate started between architects across Chicago and New York City debating about the height of the One World Trade Center and the Willis Tower.[8] They were saying that there was a possibility that the Willis Tower is taller than the One World Trade Center.[8]

On November 12, it was confirmed that the One World Trade Center is taller than the Willis Tower.[9]

Planned rebuilding of the World Trade Center


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  2. One World Trade Center construction updates. Lower Updated April 12, 2013. Retrieved April 16, 2013.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 "One World Trade Center – The Skyscraper Center". Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. Retrieved May 2, 2012.
  4. "Tower Rises, And So Does Its Price Tag". Wall Street Journal. January 30, 2012. Retrieved February 2, 2012.
  5. "WTC Progress from PANYNJ". Retrieved June 23, 2012.
  6. "1 World Trade Center". Retrieved December 17, 2012.
  7. One World Trade Center at SkyscraperPage. Retrieved January 17, 2012.
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Willis Tower, One World Trade Center compete for bragging rights as America's tallest skyscraper". CBS Retrieved November 9, 2013.
  9. "One World Trade Center taller than Willis Tower". Retrieved November 12, 2013.

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