martes, 18 de noviembre de 2014

The new World Trade Center

The World Trade Center is a living symbol of man's dedication to world peace...a representation of Man's belief in humanity, his need for individual dignity, his beliefs in the cooperation of men, and, through cooperation, his ability to find greatness

Minoru Yawasaki, American Architect

The new World Trade Center

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Welcome to the top of the world

New York is one of the world’s greatest cities. From its founding, it has epitomized enterprise and success.

From the minute the first plane hit the north tower of the World Trade Center, Luis Torres has had a floor-to-ceiling view of both the destruction and the reconstruction that has defined Lower Manhattan for more than a decade.

When the people of this city set out to rebuild the World Trade Center after Sept. 11, they planned to erect a lasting memorial, remake the skyline and restore Lower Manhattan as a
financial center.

But when the 104-story One World Trade Center officially opened for business yesterday, Monday, Nov. 3, it ushered in a rebirth of lower Manhattan as a vibrant, urban neighborhood where people live, shop and eat, rather than just hustle home from white collar jobs.

Luis Torres, 54, was serving breakfast in the third-floor restaurant of The Millenium Hilton on Sept. 11, 2001, in front of picture windows overlooking the Twin Towers, when he saw his city transformed forever.

It would be 19 months until the devastated hotel was back in business, and it would be years more of political squabbling and design changes until Torres would stare down into Ground Zero’s deep pit of misery and see the metre-thick concrete base of One World Trade Center begin reaching for the skies.

One World Trade Center, an iconic skyscraper gracing the New York City skyline, symbolizes all of those attributes – it is now the most recognized and desirable office address in the world. At 1,776 feet tall, One World Trade Center is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. The site is also home to the National September 11 Memorial Museum.

Designed by David Childs of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), One World Trade Center provides 71 stories and 3 million square feet of world-class office space -2-featuring some of the most spectacular views in the world. The environmental, structural and life safety enhancements of One World Trade Center incorporate the latest technologies and set new new standards for high-rise design. IT CATCHES THE GLEAM OF THE MORNING’S FIRST BEAM!

An increasingly diverse workforce, including the trendsetters of Vogue and Vanity Fair, will make One World Trade Center the most exciting and vibrant place to work in the city, if not the entire country.

Although its first tenant, the publisher Condé Nast, the real estate firm in charge of leasing the building, moved this Monday, the official opening ceremonies for the Western Hemisphere’s tallest office building — at least for now — will be held later in November.

Condé’s decision to move downtown turned heads and may prompt others to consider same move. Restaurants, salons and major fashion labels have been angling for new homes near the World Trade Center, following the workers whose wages and expense accounts have buoyed their businesses in Midtown Manhattan for years.

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