One World Trade Center (also known as The Freedom Tower) is located in lower Manhattan, NY. Standing as a shining beacon for the new Downtown, and a bold addition to the skyline, One World Trade Center is safe, sustainable, and artistically dynamic.
Soaring to a symbolic 1,776 feet — it is both America's tallest building and the Western Hemisphere’s tallest building. The construction of below-ground utility relocations, footings, and foundations for the new building began on April 27, 2006.
This amazing structure was built on the same grounds where the tragic 9-11 attack happened resulting in the complete destruction of the previous majestic twin towers. Some interesting building facts: Opened October 2014, tallest of new WTC Complex, 104 Stories / 1776 feet high, 3 million rentable square feet of space, 55 foot high office lobby, 54 High-speed destination dispatch passenger elevators. Life-safety systems far exceed NYC building code. With entrances on all 4 sides of the building, One WTC has been designed to smoothly integrate traffic of visitors & office tenants. The cubic base has a footprint identical to the original Twin Towers. The surface of the base is clad in more than 2,000 pieces of shimmering prismatic glass.
One World Trade Center is a mixed-use building, with office space, retail space, and a 9/11 Memorial Museum. The building is home to several Fortune 500 companies, including Condé Nast, EY, and Salesforce. The retail space includes a food court, a bookstore, and a number of other shops. The 9/11 Memorial Museum is located in the basement of the building and tells the story of the September 11 attacks.
The tower ascends 69 stories — its edges chamfered back to form 8 isosceles triangles, a perfect octagon at center. It culminates in a square, glass parapet at the crown, its crystalline form creating a vibrant effect, as light refracts like a kaleidoscope, changing throughout the day. The “One World Observatory” is an enclosed observation deck rising 1,250 ft. above street level. The crown of One WTC is a 408-foot spire — consisting of a mast and a communication platform ring. At night, a beacon at the top sends out a horizontal light beam, which can be seen from miles away.
The building's architect is David Childs, whose firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) also designed the Burj Khalifa and the Willis Tower. One World Trade Center was designed as a memorable architectural landmark — a symbol of the American spirit, with a simplicity and clarity of form that will remain fresh and timeless.