The new One World Trade Center began building in 2006 and surpassed the Empire State Building to become the city's tallest structure in April 2012. The 1,776-foot (541 m) One World Trade Center surpassed the Willis Tower to become the tallest skyscraper in the United States when it was completed in May 2013. The Sears Tower in Chicago is the current record holder.
Including its spire, the Empire State Building is 1,454 feet (442 m) tall. The One World Trade Center is 1,776 feet (541 m) tall.
The building is not only taller but also weighs more than the Empire State Building. The Empire State Building weighs 998,000 pounds (460,000 kg), while One World Trade Center weighs almost 2 million pounds (907,000 kg).
One World Trade Center cost $4 billion to build. At the time of its completion, it was the most expensive single construction project in U.S. history. It took more than five years to complete the building due to difficulties achieving perfect vertical alignment during construction.
An antenna system on the top of the building provides wireless Internet service for digital devices. The technology allows visitors to transmit messages using their mobile phones that will be displayed on other smartphones located within range of the cell phone tower.
One World Trade Center is the highest building in New York, at 1,776 feet tall (541 m). The 104-story skyscraper is also the highest structure in the United States, the tallest structure in the Western Hemisphere, and the sixth tallest structure in the world. It was built as part of an initiative by former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani to revitalize Lower Manhattan after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
The Freedom Tower will be the new name for the building when it is completed in 2014. The name "Freedom Tower" honors those who died in the 9/11 attacks and those who served in the Armed Forces afterward.
You may have heard that there's a plan to build a new tallest building in New York, but what you probably don't know is that this project is actually two separate buildings being constructed simultaneously. One World Trade Center is currently the tallest building in New York while the other one, called the Hudson Yards, will be completed in 2016.
In addition to being a landmark of New York City, One World Trade Center is also considered one of the safest buildings in America. It has been awarded both the American Institute of Architects' National Design Award for Architecture and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors - British Columbia's highest honor for excellence in design.
World Trade Center No. 1. The One World Trade Center in New York is now the highest building in the United States of America, standing at 541 meters. New York City's Central Park Tower and 111 West 57th Street, as well as Chicago's St. Regis Chicago, have just been added to the list. These buildings are all greater than 500 meters.
The first World Trade Center was built in 1973-1979 on Greenwich Street in Manhattan. It was demolished in 2001 after being attacked by terrorists from Al-Qaeda who thought that it belonged to Jews because of its name. In fact, it was owned by Muslims who had no idea what happened to it!
Now, let's see how these buildings compare with each other. The title of greatest U.S. skyscraper goes to... The One World Trade Center! It's height makes it actually the tallest building in the world today, beating out Taipei 101 (which used to be the highest). But this title will soon change again when Dubai's The Burj Khalifa is completed in September 2009 - it will be taller than both New York City towers put together.
In terms of area, the greatest U.S. skyscraper is also The One World Trade Center, at 104,000 square feet (9,300 m2) it is smaller than the British Empire State Building but bigger than Willis Tower (formerly known as Sears Tower).
One World Trade Center, which stands 1,776 feet tall, is New York's tallest structure (541 m). The Twin Towers were New York City's tallest skyscrapers until they were demolished after the September 11 attacks in 2001, leaving the Empire State Landmark as the city's highest building once again.
The World Trade Center was originally planned to be twice as high as its actual height; however, construction costs exceeded its budgeted price of $400 million. The original plan called for the twin towers to be 476 feet (145 m) and 888 feet (271 m) high, respectively. It also included a 200-foot-high (60 m) spire on the southern tower.
In 1998, the cost of constructing One World Trade Center reached $300 million. The following year, the topping out ceremony was held with then New York Governor George Pataki and Mayor Wilson L. Cox Jr. in attendance. By 2000, the total cost of constructing both buildings had increased to $440 million.
One World Trade Center was designed by Edward Durell Stone and Richard Morris Hunt while the Twin Towers were conceived by William Van Alen. The two architects did not work together but instead each took on only one project. Stone was responsible for designing the southern tower, while Hunt managed both the northern and western structures.