One World Trade Centre reaches 100 floors

2012-04-02 23:19

New York - The new World Trade Centre has reached a milestone: The skyscraper being built to replace the twin towers destroyed in the 2001 terror attacks is now 100 storeys high - on its way to becoming New York's tallest building.

Another 1.22m, and it will surpass the Empire State Building. That should happen within weeks, Steven Coleman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said on Monday.

One World Trade Centre is expected to be finished by next year, its 104 floors towering over lower Manhattan.

But feet not storeys determine whether a building ranks as the tallest. The twin towers, built in the 1970s, were New York's tallest structures until destroyed in the 11 September 2001, attacks.

The Empire State Building then became the city's tallest building at 381m.

At 101 floors, One World Trade will reach 382m above street level. Upon completion, it will be 417m to its rooftop.

There's a special twist when it comes to counting floors.

One World Trade grew from 93 storeys to 100 just since last week. That's because six floors don't actually exist; the numbers were skipped to make up for the building's massive base, plus mechanical equipment taking up space.

Conde Nast has signed a lease to move in by 2014, along with the China Centre representing that country's business and cultural links to the United States.

With a mirror-like glass surface, One World Trade stands tall above the 6.5ha site where other new buildings also are rising.

The rebuilt site includes the National September 11 Memorial & Museum commemorating the acts of terror that took almost 3 000 lives in New York, Washington and Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

  • grant.hide - 2012-04-03 00:56

    Small junk syndrome ;)

  • braamc - 2012-04-03 01:29

    Boy do they get things done, congratulations, New York what a place

  • The-third - 2012-04-03 06:59

    I want to be a part of it, New York New York...

  • Vince.York - 2012-04-03 07:04

    San's would still be negtiating and having multiple 'mbizo's on how to steal all the funds somehow in a project like this as they have in all others. WHERE are the great landmarks being built in SA today, instead of just shredding the history and place names that created SA in the first place? Mandela's Hump over the railway lines in Gauteng? NXA How about a bridge from Durban to The Bluff that can shame that in Sydney Harbour????????

  • Africa21stcentury - 2012-04-03 07:56

    One can criticize the Americans as much as one wants to, but they are an amazing nation. Their enemies destroy a building, they will put another one in its place!! Like their AID to Africa, hardly EVER a thank you, but instead, insults, but they don't give up, it keeps coming. Hundreds of millions of US dollars at a time. Never an excuse, "yes, but things are tough at home"; No, they keep saving MILLIONS OF AFRICAN LIVES , EVERY SINGLE YEAR !!!! Amazing people !!!!

      kgalalelo.malesele - 2012-04-04 20:54

      Oh thank u my brother and the worst is when people can't get something right or a country happens to get into civil war, people then start accusing America of stealing oil in that country until an earthquake or lot of peeps die then they want America to help then the next thing they praise China which at that time is stealing their jobs giving everyone fakes and not even helping during a tsunami.......when things fall apart Oprah builds a school somewhere in SA and Madonna in Malawi and the Bill Gates will give everyone ARV's for free and they accuse Americans of stealing oil. Thank u America for keeping on keeping

  • Hein - 2012-04-04 20:34

    It's just ironical that the Chinese are going to occupy the building... Signs of the times!

  • Tanie - 2012-06-15 10:06

    Well done to you Mr Obama and staff. Rebuild what was once destroyed.

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