CTBUH Rules on One World Trade Center

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The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat has finally ruled on whether or not One World Trade Center’s rooftop mast counts as a spire or an antenna, deciding the fate of the tower’s ranking among the world’s tallest buildings: and it is a spire.

Removing the radome has proven very controversial, but at this point, it does not matter: One World Trade Center is now, officially, the tallest building in the United States. At 1,776 feet, it has taken the title from the Willis Tower, and – once again – the country’s tallest tower is in New York City.

One World Trade Center

One World Trade Center

While the new generation of supertalls in Midtown Manhattan will overtake One World Trade Center’s roof height, the spire should stand as the tallest point in Manhattan for at least another decade; 1,776′ is a tough mark to beat when buildings are constructed based on demand and not for show, though something in the Hudson Yards or Midtown East could eventually take the title.

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