One World Trade Center
One World Trade Center is the main building of the rebuilt World Trade Center complex in Lower Manhattan, New York City. It is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, and the sixth-tallest in the world.
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 the Western Hemisphere’s tallest building, and already an iconic New York landmark.
- Opened October 2014
- Architect: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (David M. Childs)
- 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
- Bound by West, Fulton, Washington and Vesey Streets
- 55% leased to tenants including Condé Nast
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.
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” — opening 2015 — 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.
ABOUT THE ARCHITECT
David Childs is consulting design partner at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill/New York. He also designed 7 WTC, which opened in May 2006. Childs is a graduate of Yale College and the Yale School of Art and Architecture and joined SOM in 1971. Child’s diverse range of completed projects includes Worldwide Plaza on Eighth Avenue; the New York Mercantile Exchange; the JFK International Arrivals Building; the Bear Stearns Headquarters; the Stuyvesant School Bridge in Tribeca; and the renovation and preservation of Lever House.