clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Skyscraper Council Names One World Trade Nation's Tallest

New, 15 comments

The skyscraper illuminati have spoken and One World Trade Center is now the tallest building in the United States (and the hemisphere; CN Tower doesn't qualify as a building). The vote of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat's (CTBUH) height committee (meeting for several hours over the weekend) strips the Willis Sears Tower of its 40-year reign as the nation's most commanding skyscraper. One World Trade's 400-foot mast was deemed a spire#&8212;integral to the building's design aethetic—and not merely an antenna. This despite the developer's decision to scale-back the mast's sculptural ornament. Sears went down to Malaysia's Petronas Towers in a similar fashion in the 1990s. There's little doubt that builders around the world are padding heights with spires, many exceeding one-third of a tower's overall height. Were it not for the unavoidable sense of nationhood brought on by 1 WTC's overtly-symbolic 1,776-foot height, Chicagoans would mope their way through the day. You can have the title back, New York. You've been through a lot.
·Willis Tower loses to One World Trade Center as Nation's Tallest [Trib]