1 World Trade Centre, New York

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
Date Built
Completed in 2014
285 Fulton Street Manhattan
A press release issued by SOM on the 11th of March, 2014, announced that, "... Skidmore, Owings & Merrill's One World Trade Center Opens Today ....  The completion of One World Trade Center marks a major milestone in the history of New York City. More than 13 years in the making, the 104-story, 1776-foot office tower — the tallest in the Western Hemisphere — recaptures the New York skyline, reasserts downtown Manhattan's preeminence as a global business center, and establishes a new civic icon for the country. A ceremony to mark the occasion will be held later this month."

SOM's website explains that, "... One World Trade Center is a bold icon in the sky that acknowledges the adjacent memorial. While the memorial, carved out of the earth, speaks of the past and of remembrance, One World Trade Center speaks about the future and hope as it rises upward in a faceted form filled with, and reflecting, light. .....  At its middle, the tower forms a perfect octagon in plan and then culminates in a glass parapet whose plan is a 150-foot-by-150-foot square, rotated 45 degrees from the base. Its overall effect is that of a crystalline form that captures an ever-evolving display of refracted light. As the sun moves through the sky or we move around the tower, the surfaces appear like a kaleidoscope, and will change throughout the day as light and weather conditions change."