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Freedom Tower / One World Trade Center

Freedom Tower / One World Trade Center

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One World Trade Center (Freedom Tower) is the tallest building in New York. With its reflecting windows and tall antenna, One World Trade Center is even the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere. The skyscraper is 1,776 feet tall, including the antenna.

One World Trade Center consists of 69 office floors, restaurants and an observation deck. The skyscraper, with its tall antenna, also serves as a mast. There is also a large shopping centre underground as well as access to public transportation. The One World Trade Center has 104 floors with an observation deck (called One World Observatory) on the 100th, 101st and 102nd floors. From the ground to the metal and glass balustrade, on top of the building, the skyscraper measures 1,368 feet, which was also the height of the Twin Towers.

Twin Towers and One World Trade Center

The Twin Towers were located in Lower Manhattan up until the attacks in 2001. Today, the One World Trade Center stands next to where the Twin Towers used to be. After the attacks on September the 11th, it took more than a year and a half to clean up the remaining steel and concrete that was left when the buildings collapsed. After everything was cleared away, the first round of the design competition was held for a whole new World Trade Center complex. The polish born american Daniel Libeskind won the competition. The World Trade Center complex is comprised of six buildings, and not just the One World Trade Center. Libeskind designed the World Trade Center complex in the shape of a spiral, which ends with the footprints of the Twin Towers – where the 9/11 Memorial can now be found.

The 9/11 Memorial was opened in September 2011 to commemorate the victims of the attacks of September 11, 2001. The memorial consists of two square pools exactly where the Twin Towers stood. The names of the victims are inscribed on the pools. The pools are surrounded by trees and water. Visiting is certainly worthwhile.


Can I buy tickets for the observation deck at Freedom Tower/One World Trade Center?

Yes, you can buy tickets to the One World Observatory here.

How tall is Freedom Tower/One World Trade Center?

1,776 feet or 541 meters and 30 centimeters, including the antenna. Without the antenna, the building is 417 meters high.

How many floors does Freedom Tower/One World Trade Center have?

104 floors above ground and four basement floors.

When was Freedom Tower/One World Trade Center completed?

The construction was completed late 2014.

One World Trade Center - Freedom Tower One World Trade Center - by night

Is there an observatory at Freedom Tower/One World Trade Center?

Yes, there is an observation deck on the 100th , 101st and 102nd floors.

Can I visit the 9/11 Memorial?

Yes, you can. Read all about 9/11 Memorial here.

Freedom Tower or One World Trade Center?

Initially the tower was called Freedom Tower, but the Port Authority (part of the government) changed the name into One World Trade Center. The reason being that the name ‘Freedom Tower’ was too emotionally charged. This would prevent the rental of the offices in the tower as it would always associated with the dramatic events of 11th of September.

One World Trade Center in New York One World Trade Center - Manhattan Skyline

The Construction of the One World Trade Center

The architect David Childs was chosen in 2003 to design the tallest building of the complex – the One World Trade Center. After the design was adjusted, due to safety regulations, the building started construction in 2006. In 2007 the first foundations of One World Trade Center were visible. Construction was completed in 2014 and the observation deck opened to public in 2015.

Did you know? …

  • That the square base of One World Trade Center is the same size as that of the original Twin Towers.
  • That the height of One World Trade Center, 1,776 feet (541.3 meters) symbolises the year 1776, the year in which the U.S. Congress accepted the declaration of independence.

One World Trade Center - Freedom Tower construction One World Trade Center New York

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