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The View From 1 WTC, Time magazine

File Type: Free Content, Article
Release Date: March 2014
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Construction employees looking at plans

As the 1,776-foot-high One World Trade Center (1 WTC) — the tallest building in the Western hemisphere — nears completion, a Time magazine article describes “how 10,000 workers lifted 104 floors, gave new life to an international symbol and created one spectacular view.” The article presents a close-up view of one of the most complicated construction projects ever undertaken, in one of the most densely occupied parts of the world, and features a breathtaking interactive panoramic photograph taken from the top of the structure’s spire as well as two videos.

“The Top of America,” by Josh Sanborn, describes the challenges faced during the construction of the $3.9 billion, 104-story tower, which “includes a bomb-resistant 20-story base set on 70-ton shafts of steel and pilings sunk some 200 feet into the earth,” supporting “48,000 tons of steel — the equivalent of 22,500 full-size cars — and almost 13,000 exterior glass panels sheathing a concrete core crowned by a 408-ft. spire.” A 14-minute video tells the stories of the ironworkers who erected the tower, many of whose relatives helped build the Twin Towers; a shorter video describes how Time photographers made the panoramic photograph.

Developed by a joint venture partnership of The Durst Organization and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and designed primarily by architect David Childs, the structure features an exterior consisting of eight isosceles triangles. “As it rises, it morphs from a square into an octagon and then into another square, turned 45 degrees from the first. It gives the appearance of twisting, with the glass triangles meeting in the sky.” Destined to forever be an iconic building, “One World Trade Center is a statement of hope and defiance written in steel and glass, a marvel of persistence, a miracle of logistics.”