One World Trade Center [infographic]

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One Word Trade Center, more simply known as 1 WTC and previously called the Freedom Tower, is the lead building of the new World Trade Center complex in Lower Manhattan next to the waterfall memorials which now occupy the footprints of the former twin towers. The construction is part of an effort to rebuild and always remember the victims of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 that destroyed the twin towers. The new 1 WTC is located where the original 8-story 6 World Trade Center once stood. As the 104-story skyscraper is nearing completion, take a look at some of the facts and features that make this building so compelling and amazing.

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Below are additional details on the 5 tallest buildings in the world. One World Trade Center is not in this list because it is not yet complete, but at a pinnacle height of 1,776 ft. it will fall into 3rd place.

Current List of the World’s Tallest Buildings: Height to pinnacle (highest point)

Rank Building City Country Height Floors Built
1 Burj Khalifa Dubai UAE 2,723 ft 163 2010
2 Makkah Royal Clock Tower Hotel Mecca Saudi Arabia 1,971 ft 120 2012
3 Willis Tower Chicago USA 1,729 ft 108 1974
4 Taipei 101 Taipei Taiwan 1,669 ft 101 2004
5 Shanghai World Financial Center Shanghai China 1,614 ft 101 2008

Though One World Trade Center will be the 3rd tallest building in the world at the time of its completion, by 2015 will drop to #7 on the list. Three even taller skyscrapers are in construction in China and one more in South Korea.

Skyscrapers under construction by planned pinnacle height

Rank Building City Country Height Floors Completion
1 Ping An Finance Cneter Shenzen China 2,170 ft 115 2015
2 Shanghai Tower Shanghai China 2,073 ft 128 2014
3 Goldin Finance Tianjin China 1,959 ft 117 2015
4 Lotte World Tower Seoul South Korea 1,821 ft 123 2015
5 One World Trade Center New York City USA 1,776 ft 104 2013

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