One World Trade Center in New York, designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, has been declared as the tallest building in the US.
The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has ruled that the tower’s height is 1,776ft. The height was specifically chosen in order to commemorate the year of the Declaration of Independence of the US from Great Britain.
The design of the 104-storey tower, which is anticipated to be completed in early 2014, is intended to reaffirm the nation’s founding in the face of attacks that destroyed the original World Trade Center towers on 11 September 2001.
Co-developed by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and The Durst Organization, the 3 million ft² tower is already 55% leased.
Upon completion, 1WTC will surpass the Willis (formerly Sears) Tower in Chicago as the tallest building in North America.
The tower will house a two-storey observation deck, skyline restaurant, retail spaces, broadcast and antenna masts, and four levels of underground parking.
Also known as Freedom Tower, the building will serve as the headquarters of Conde Nast, which has leased more than 1.2 million ft² over 25 floors, and an additional 190,000ft² will be leased by Vantone China Center.
CTBUH executive director Antony Wood said the design of One World Trade Center reinforces its role as a symbol of resurgence on this important site.
"In particular, the spire which holds the beacon light, shining out at the symbolic height of 1,776 feet, is especially poignant – echoing the similarly symbolic beacon atop the Statue of Liberty across the water," Wood said.
The planned green tower is anticipated to achieve LEED Gold certification.
Image: One World Trade Center is anticipated to be completed in early 2014. Photo: Courtesy of John W. Cahill.