Thursday 23 November 2017

One World Trade Center is declared the tallest building in the USA

A committee of architects has declared New York City's newly erected One World Trade Center the tallest building in the US, at 1,776ft (541m).

One World Trade Center is declared the tallest building in the USA

One World Trade Center viewed from Spruce Street

November 15, 2013

1776 marks the year of America’s independence from Great Britain.

For the past four decades the tallest building in the USA has been the Willis Tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower), at 1,451ft (442m).

The committee ruled a 408ft needle at the top of One World Trade Center counted toward its height.

Without the needle, it's the same height as the Twin Towers, destroyed in the 9/11 attacks.

One World Trade Center viewed from New Jersey

Without that needle, the building measures 1,368 feet, well below the height of the Willis Tower.

In a plaza beneath the tower, two large pools sit in the footprints of the original Twin Towers and contain the largest man-made waterfalls in the country.

The world's tallest building remains the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, with a height of 2,723ft (830m).

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