One World Trade Center

Current Status:

under construction

Anticipated Completion:



Skidmore, Owings and Merrill
(David Childs, Design Partner)


Greenwich Street / West Street
between Vesey Street and Fulton Street


1,776 feet

Number of Stories:


Also Known As:

Freedom Tower

World Trade Center Tower #1

Project Info:

1 World Trade Center will be the first office tower to rise on the actual World Trade Center site. A memorable architectural landmark for New York City and America, the Tower will soar to 1,776 feet in the sky and serve as an inspirational and enduring beacon in the New York City skyline.

It is planned as the tallest building of the new World Trade Center under construction in Lower Manhattan . The tower will be located in the northwest corner of the 16-acre World Trade Center site, bound by Vesey, West, Washington and Fulton streets. Construction on below-ground utility relocations, footings, and foundations for the building began in 2006.  In December of 2006, the first steel columns were installed in the building’s foundation. Three other high-rise office buildings are planned for the site along Greenwich Street, and they will surround the World Trade Center Memorial, which is under construction. The area will also be home to a museum dedicated to the history of the site. On March 26, 2009, it was announced that the building will be known as ‘One World Trade Center’, replacing its former moniker of ‘Freedom Tower’.

1 World Trade Center’s program includes 2.6 million square feet of office space, as well as an observation deck, world-class restaurants, parking, and broadcast and antenna facilities, all supported by both above and below-ground mechanical infrastructure for the building and its adjacent public spaces. Below-ground tenant parking and storage, shopping and access to the PATH and subway trains and the World Financial Center are also provided.

An 80-foot-high public lobby top ped by a series of mechanical floors form a 200-foot-high building base. 69 tenant floors rise above the base to 1,120 feet elevation. Mechanical floors, restaurants and observation decks culminate in an observation deck and glass parapet that mark 1,362 feet and 1,368 feet respectively — the heights of the original Twin Towers. A shrouded antenna structure supported by cables, engineered by Schlaich Bergermann & Partner rises to a total height of 1,776 feet, which is symbolic of the year the United States Declaration of Independence was signed (July 4, 1776).


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