It’s one of the major events in recent history that everybody will remember. I’m sure you recall where you were and what you were doing when you first heard about the tragic, deadly and nonsensical terror attacks that took place in the United States of America on September 11th, 2001.
During these attacks, terrorists flew two commercial jetliners into the more affectionately known Twin Towers in New York City, New York. The attacks saw 2,700 people tragically lose their lives and a huge 6.5 hectare site reduce to rubble.
Thirteen years on and US$3.9 billion later, the 104-storey One World Trade Centre (or One World Trade Center if you’re a yank) has officially opened.
The 6.5 hectare site is owned by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Executive Director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Patrick Foye, said that One World Trade Center “sets new standards of design, construction, prestige and sustainability; the opening of this iconic building is a major milestone in the transformation of Lower Manhattan into a thriving 24/7 neighbourhood.”
Mr Foye also said, “The New York City skyline is whole again, as One World Trade Center takes its place in Lower Manhattan.”
Publishing magnate Conde Nast is the first large company to move into One World Trade Center. The company is expected to eventually house 3,400 employees over five floors by 2015. One World Trade Center has filled around 60 percent of office space so far to companies including advertising firm Kids Creative, Legends Hospitality, BMB Group and Servcorp.
Even U.S. Government agency General Services Administration will occupy around 25,000sq.m.
When positioned on the north-east corner of One World Trade Center, occupants overlook the National September 11 Memorial site, which was build over the area previously occupied by the Twin Towers. The site includes an area dedicated to those that lost their lives in the 9/11 tragedy.
At night, two large lights can be seen emitting from the Twin Tower site. It’s a sombre reminder of what used to be and how far the city has come since September 11th, 2001.
The 541m tall construction is dubbed as being as ‘terror-proof’ as possible, with the designer TJ Gottesdiener of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill claiming the building construction well exceeds the required standards depicted in the existing building codes. Mr Gottesdiener told the Associated Press, “We did it, we finally did it.”
A viewing platform will eventually be opened to the public once the building becomes further developed.
Having been to the September 11 Memorial site, it’s a touching tribute to those that lost their lives. Have you also been to the site? What did you think of the memorial?