New Yorkers gaze with sadness and admiration at One World Trade Center. This building recalls, on the one hand, the great tragedy of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York. But on the other hand, it represents a ray of hope towards a better future. It has become an emblem of the city and one of its greatest tourist attractions. Would you like to meet him?
What you didn’t know about One World Trade Center
When the project proposal was made and construction began, the building was to be called the Freedom Tower. In fact, there are still New Yorkers who call it that. However, its official name is One Word Trade Center.
Located at Ground Zero, the site of the Twin Towers, construction began in April 2006. It would open its doors eight years later, in November 2014. Now we will tell you some other information that you may not have known.
It measures 1776 feet. It is a number loaded with symbolism, since that is the year in which the Declaration of Independence of the United States was signed.
The height is not only of the skyscraper itself, but it reaches it thanks to an antenna at its tip that raises it. Without it, the skyscraper would have a height of 417 meters, just as tall as the Twin Towers.
It is precisely this antenna that has generated a singular controversy. It is said that this is the tallest skyscraper in the city and the sixth in the world. However, if this element were not taken into account, it would be far from it.
For example, in the same city of New York there is a building that would surpass it: 432 Park Ave. It is a narrow private housing building that measures, without any antenna, 426 meters.
Nor would it be the tallest in the United States. The Willis Tower in Chicago far exceeds it, thanks to its 442 meters. In any case, the general opinion is that the antenna counts as part of the structure, so that One World Trade Center would be the tallest building.
A “green” building
One World Trade Center was built from rubble and other recycled materials. Not only that, but it can generate energy internally and has tanks to collect rain. This water is used to cool the building, water the green areas and supply the fountain in front of it with water.
has an observatory
Like all great buildings in New York, One World Trade Center also has an observatory. From it you can see one of the best views of the city. It is specifically on the 102nd floor, and offers a 360 degree view. A curiosity: the elevators take less than a minute to reach it.
It has 104 floors
Although the observatory is on the 102nd floor, there are two more floors above it. Sixty-nine of these floors are dedicated to offices. The great publisher Condé Nast has 24 of those plates, from 20 to 44.
In addition, the OWTC has about five thousand square meters at its feet for different shops and businesses. Definitely, it is a building designed for commerce.
It is a secure building
After what happened on 9/11, it was essential to avoid structural errors such as those that favored the collapse of the Twin Towers. For this reason, everything related to safety was especially taken care of in its design. In this way, the tower has no less than 40,000 thousand tons of structural steel.
And not just steel, the tower is built using a particularly strong concrete. It supports up to seven times more pressure than the conventional one. And, if that wasn’t enough, the rebar is longer than the ones normally used.
“Every story is nothing more than an infinite catastrophe from which we try to get out as best we can.”
As you can see, One World Trade Center was born out of misfortune, yes, but also out of the hope and pride of New Yorkers. This is one of the places, which, without a doubt, you must visit in the city.