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One World Trade Center
Alternative names Freedom Tower
General information
Status Complete
Type Offices
Architectural style Contemporary modern
Location New York City, USA
Coordinates 40°42′46.8″N 74°0′48.6″W / 40.713°N 74.0135°W / 40.713; -74.0135Coordinates: 40°42′46.8″N 74°0′48.6″W / 40.713°N 74.0135°W / 40.713; -74.0135
Construction started April 27, 2006
Opening June 1, 2013
Cost $3.9 billion (May 2013 estimate)
Roof 4,763 ft (1,451.8 m)
Top floor 4,345 ft (1,324.4 m)
Technical details
Floor count 104 (+5 basement floors)
Floor area 3,501,274 sq ft (325,279 m2)
Elevators 71
Design and construction
Main contractor Tishman Construction
Architect David Childs (Skidmore, Owings & Merrill)
Developer Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Structural engineer WSP Cantor Seinuk

The One World Trade Center (or Freedom Tower) is the main building of the new World Trade Center complex in Lower Manhattan, New York City. The building is 1,776 feet tall and is designed by David Childs of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. At this time, it is under construction. The glass façade has covered the whole exterior. Since late 2013, it is the tallest building in the United States. It opened in late 2014.

Height controversy

On November 8, 2013, a debate started between architects across Chicago and New York City debating about the height of the One World Trade Center and the Willis Tower. They were saying that there was a possibility that the Willis Tower is taller than the One World Trade Center.

On November 12, it was confirmed that the One World Trade Center is taller than the Willis Tower.

Planned rebuilding of the World Trade Center

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