New York’s skyscraper skyline has just reached new heights as the One World Trade Centre has become the world’s third-tallest building.
A new 124 metre steel spire installed on the building last Friday means the tower now stands at 541 metres, taking its place in the iconic skyline that brings so many visitors on holiday to New York. The spire was added to the building last week, reaching 1,776 feet to commemorate the year of America’s independence. The new addition to the building has made One World Trade Centre the tallest structure in the United States of America and the third tallest in the world.
Still being constructed in lower Manhattan, New York’s One World Trade Centre stands at the site of the 9/11 attacks, which happened in 2001. "It's a pretty awesome feeling," said Juan Estevez, project manager. "It's a culmination of a tremendous amount of team work... rebuilding the New York City skyline once again."
Below the 540 metre tall building lays a memorial to the nearly 3,000 people that were killing during the September 11th attacks. "This milestone at the World Trade Centre site symbolises the resurgence and resilience of our state and our nation," commented New York Governor Andre Cuomo.
"Today's achievement is a fitting tribute to the sacrifices made by so many brave and innocent souls nearly 12 years ago - including first responders... who lost their lives while heroically responding to the attacks on our nation."
Once completed, One World Trade Centre will offer 2.6 million square foot of office space, as well as housing a restaurant, observation deck and other facilities that will be open to the public.