Despite the repetitive and ongoing disputes that have delayed construction of the new World Trade Center since the early 2000s, the final piece of the project’s largest tower has finally arrived in New York City. Shipped by barge from Canada, the components for One World Trade Center’s antenna are now in the process of being installed, with the latest photos from DNA Info showing the antenna being lifted up into the air.
|One WTC’s antenna, in motion: Image from DNA Info and Theodore Parisienne|
There has been significant controversy surrounding the antenna, which was originally supposed to be a spire. The distinction is trivial but matters for the building’s official height, as measured by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. A spire is an architectural element, an antenna is not. Thus, given the loss of the radome which covered the antenna and formerly distinguished One World Trade Center’s roof element as a spire, the building’s official height will likely be under 1,400 feet.
|Antenna vs. Spire: Image from Skyscrapercity user Patrykus|
One World Trade Center’s antenna will still rise to 1,787 feet, but it likely will not be counted as the building’s architectural tip. Though the tower now holds the title of New York’s tallest, that will soon shift to 432 Park Avenue, which will have its architectural peak at 1,398 feet.