One World Trade Center, formerly known as the Freedom Tower, is a symbol of hope and the staying power of New York City. After terrorist attacks crumbled the Twin Towers in 2001, the Manhattan skyline changed forever and nearly 3,000 people lost their lives. Discussion quickly arose on the most fitting use of the site. There was no question that a memorial should be on site—but another building for business seemed fitting. After all, the Twin Towers were home to several thriving New York companies.
Sharing space with the National 9/11 Memorial and World Trade Center Museum, One World Trade Center stands on the former World Trade Center site, resting in their figurative shadow. The new buildings spurred development in Lower Manhattan, one of the most historically significant places in New York City. Not far from One World Trade Center’s home, the U.S. Congress met for the first time and Alexander Hamilton founded America’s first bank. The region always has been a place of commerce, and One World Trade Center will continue this tradition for generations to come.
With a targeted opening of 2013, the new skyscraper will be a new fixture on the Manhattan skyline—one that soars 1,776 feet in the air. Its design was created to match the tradition and symmetry of classic New York buildings, while providing an unprecedented level of safety and energy efficiency. The actual building will top out at 1,362 feet just like the Twin Towers, with an antenna making up the rest of the height. It’s no accident that the building is 1,776 feet tall.
When completed, 1 World Trade Center, as it's officially known, will be the tallest building in the United States, besting Chicago’s Willis Tower, the former Sears Tower. The skyscraper at the northwest corner of the World Trader Center site is a project of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, designed by David Childs, an architect from Skidmore, Owings and Merrill.
Publishing company Conde Nast signed one of the biggest leases in Manhattan history to become the main tenant of 1 World Trade Center, but that doesn’t mean the building won’t be open for New York tours. Upon completion, the public will be welcome to visit the observational level and its open-air deck. Both are located at the same height as the top of the World Trade Center’s North Tower. At this height, you can expect amazing views of the water, the Manhattan skyline, and the Statue of Liberty. It will be located close to upscale retail and public transportation in Lower Manhattan.
While 1 World Trade Center is the tallest building in the Freedom Tower project, it’s one of four new buildings. Tower Two stands at 200 Greenwich Street; it will be 78 stories tall, home to 60 floors of offices as well as a soaring lobby and a top floor lobby. It will be underneath a glass roof that slopes towards the National 9/11 Memorial and its reflecting pools.
Its next door neighbor at 175 Greenwich is the third tower in the project. The 71-story building is carefully designed to stand at the main axis if the reflecting pools. The fourth building at 150 Greenwich Street is the shortest tower, but it’s still a respectable 61 stories tall.