World Trade Center Memorial Foundation, New York City

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One World Trade Center is the main building of the rebuilt World Trade Center complex in Lower Manhattan, New York City. It is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, and the sixth-tallest in the world. The supertall structure has the same name as the North Tower of the original World Trade Center, which was destroyed in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The new skyscraper stands on the northwest corner of the 16acre World Trade Center site, on the site of the original 6 World Trade Center. The building is bounded by West Street to the west, Vesey Street to the north, Fulton Street to the south, and Washington Street to the east.
The building's architect was David Childs, whose firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) also designed the Burj Khalifa and the Willis Tower. The construction of below-ground utility relocations, footings, and foundations for the new building began on April 27, 2006. One World Trade Center became the tallest structure in New York City on April 30, 2012, when it surpassed the height of the Empire State Building. The tower's steel structure was topped out on August 30, 2012. On May 10, 2013, the final component of the skyscraper's spire was installed, making the building, including its spire, reach a total height of 1776ft. Its height in feet is a deliberate reference to the year when the United States Declaration of Independence was signed. The building opened on November 3, 2014; the One World Observatory opened on May 29, 2015.
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  • such a great concept beautifully done very moving we stayed quite a while quietly thinking then onto the Occulus another fab sight 
    such a great concept beautifully done very moving we stayed quite a while quietly thinking then onto the Occulus another fab sight  more »
  • The way this memorial is set gives you a feeling of peace and aesthetic. The idea of water flowing down the middle (dark) part is also pleasant .... this is the first glance and impression. As you... 
    The way this memorial is set gives you a feeling of peace and aesthetic. The idea of water flowing down the middle (dark) part is also pleasant .... this is the first glance and impression. As you...  more »

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