It’s been over twelve years since the World Trade Center attacks of September 11th, 2001 and since then, the city of New York and America as a whole has been trying to return to a certain level of normalcy. For several years, New York City officials and building contractors negotiated and debated over what should go on ground zero. The new World Trade Center buildings are symbols of American perseverance in the face of tragedy and as 1 World Trade Center (aka Freedom Tower) is close to reaching completion, a monumental announcement was released to the public.
Earlier today, it was announced by The Height Committee of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat that 1 World Trade Center is recognized as “the tallest building in America.” The expert group of twenty-five architects met earlier in the month to discuss the height of the new World Trade Center building. At 1,776 feet (symbolizing the year of America’s independence), 1WTC surpassed the previous record holder, Chicago’s Willis Tower (1,729 feet).
Some may argue that the height of the new World Trade Center isn’t really 1,776 feet as it counts a 408-foot needle. Without the needle, 1WTC would be 1,368 feet (also symbolic as it is the height of the original World Trade Center building, which was destroyed in the attacks on 9/11).
According to Emporis, the new World Trade Center building is now the fourth tallest building in the world, behind Burj Khalifa in Dubai (2,717 feet), Shanghai Tower in China (2,074 feet), and the Makkah Royal Clock Tower in Mecca (1,972 feet).