1 World Trade Center, previously known as Freedom Tower, is a skyscraper presently under construction in New York City. It is expected to be completed by 2013.
1 World Trade Center will be the main building to occupy the site of the original World Trade Center, which was destroyed on September 11, 2001.
The height of 1 World Trade Center is extremely symbolic. It will rise to a pinnacle height of 1,776 feet (541 meters), to commemorate the American Declaration of Independence. However the roof height will be 1,368 feet, the same height of the original One World Trade Center.
When completed, 1 World Trade Center will be the tallest skyscraper in the Americas, and the second-tallest free-standing structure in the Americas after the CN Tower, and the tallest all-office building in the world.
For a site as important as the World Trade Center, numerous designs were submitted by hopeful architects. Apart from the selected design, the most popular among New Yorkers and survivors of the 911 incident was the Twin Towers II design, which sparked much controversy, and was probably not chosen because its resemblance to the original towers will be simply too painful for many. On the other hand, an equal many are petitioning that the Twin Towers II design be considered, to return New York City to its former appearance.
I will keep an eye on the development to see whether the supporters of Twin Towers II manage to get that design constructed, even as 1 World Trade Center is already underway.
How to reach 1 World Trade Center
You can take train E to the World Trade Center subway station, or train 4 or 5 to the Fulton Street subway station or to the Rector Street subway station. They are all within the vicinity of the World Trade Center site, otherwise known as Ground Zero.
Skyscrapers of the World
Here are some of the other skyscrapers and towers that I have documented:
- Burj Khalifa, Dubai
- Taipei 101
- International Commerce Centre, Kowloon, Hong Kong
- Jinmao Tower, Shanghai
- Oriental Pearl Tower, Shanghai
- Shanghai World Financial Center
- Bank of China Tower, Hong Kong
- International Finance Centre, Hong Kong
- Northeast Asia Trade Tower
- Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur
- CN Tower, Toronto
- Eiffel Tower, Paris
- Mak-dong Hyperion Tower, Seoul
- 63 Building, Seoul