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One World Trade Center to be tallest skyscraper in US

November 13, 2013 15:48 IST

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The skyscraper at New York's World Trade Center has been designated the tallest building in the United States by virtue of its spire, surpassing Chicago's Willis Tower, an international body said on Tuesday.

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Photographs: Joe Woolhead. Courtesy, Silverstein Properties

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The Chicago-based Council on TallBuildings and Urban Habitat said its Height Committee ruled the mast atop the building, built on the site of the attacks of September 11, 2001 and formerly called the FreedomTower, was a spire and therefore a permanent feature.

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Image: One World Trade Center
Photographs: David Sundberg. Courtesy, Silverstein Properties

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If the mast were considered an antenna instead, it would be considered functional equipment and subject to change.

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Image: A reflection of the One World Trade Center tower is seen from a terrace on the 57th floor of the soon to be opened 4 World Trade Center tower in New York.
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With the spire, One World Trade Center reaches 1,776 feet (541 meters) compared with 1,451 feet (442 meters) for the Willis Tower, formerly known as the Sears Tower. Counting its antenna, the Willis Tower reaches 1,729 feet (527 meters).

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Image: New York's One World Trade Center is seen towering over the lower Manhattan skyline.
Photographs: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters

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The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the public entity that owns the building, changed the name in 2009, saying it would make the office tower more marketable for tenants.

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Image: Mustafa Aktas from Ankara, Turkey holds hands with his bride Hatice Yigiter as they walk in front of the skyline of New York's Lower Manhattan and One World Trade Center in a park along the Hudson River in Weehawken, New Jersey.
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The council's Height Committee convened a group of 25 architects, engineers and facade consultants from around the world on November 8 to consider the issue, and ultimately decided the mast is a spire, the council said.

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Image: Final piece of the spire at One World Trade Center is lifted into place in New York.
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Because One World Trade Center is still incomplete, its designation will become official once the building is occupied in 2014, the council said.

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Image: People stretch as they take part in a yoga class across the Hudson River from New York's Lower Manhattan and One World Trade Center in a park in Hoboken, New Jersey
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It is one of four skyscrapers planned at the site alongside a memorial, a museum, a transit center and a performing arts center.

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Image: Skyline of New York's Lower Manhattan and One World Trade Center after the passing of a winter storm in Newport in New Jersey
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It would then become the third-highest building in the world after Dubai's Burj Khalifa at 2,717 feet (828 meters) and the Makkah Royal Clock Tower in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, at 1,972 feet (601 meters).

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Image: A general view of the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, is seen in Dubai.
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However, four other buildings under construction in China and one in South Korea would be taller than One World Trade Center, according to Emporis, a database for building information.

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Photographs: Courtesy, Silverstein Properties

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