Freedom Tower (officially known as One World Trade Center) is the main building of the rebuilt World Trade Center (WTC) complex in New York City. The original North and South WTC Towers were, of course, destroyed 18 years ago today during the events of 9/11 in Lower Manhattan.
The current 94-story building, which is actually 104 standard floors high, is now the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere and the 6th-tallest in the world. The firm of the building’s architect, David Childs, is also known for designing the Burj Khalifa in Dubai and the Willis Tower in Chicago.
Construction of the new WTC building began in April 2006 and it surpassed the height of the Empire State Building in just over six years. The tower’s structure was topped out later that year, in August 2012. Once the skyscraper’s spire was installed, the building’s height rose to a total of 1,776 feet — a deliberate reference to the year in which the U.S. Declaration of Independence was signed. The tower opened in 2014, followed by One World Observatory in May 2015.
In addition to the National 9/11 Memorial & Museum, which is located where the original Twin Towers stood, the new WTC complex will eventually include five high-rise office buildings along Greenwich Street.
- Visited: 2019