One World Trade Center: Freedom Tower To Overtake Empire State Building As Tallest In New York (PICTURES)

Huffington Post UK  |  By Posted: 1/05/2012 11:41 Updated: 1/05/2012 11:42

One World Trade Center has become the tallest building in New York after steel columns were lifted onto the top of the "Freedom Tower".

The constructs have elevated the building six metres above the Empire State Building.

When the skyscraper is complete One World Trade Center will be the tallest building in North America by far, a 124m cable-stayed spire vaulting the construction to 541m tall, a bittersweet testament to endurance after disaster.


A view of the uncompleted One World Trade Center building from a street in New York

The twin towers that previously occupied the site were destroyed on September 11 2001, when two hijacked planes flew into the World Trade Centre. The terrorist attack brought the towers crashing down, killing 3000 people.

One World Trade Center towered over the New York skyline only a day before the anniversary of Osama Bin Laden's death, and the same day that the Empire State Building was unveiled in 1931.

Its symbolic relevance doesn't stop there. Designed to stand at 1,776ft tall once finished, its height marks the year American Independence was declared.


A view of One World Trade Center from New Jersey

The construction of a building laden with symbolic meaning has been a mammoth undertaking, and fraught with disagreement since its inception.

Port Authority Executive Director Patrick Foye told a news conference on the top floors of One World Trade Center

"It's been a long difficult journey over many years to achieve this significant milestone.

"Not simply for the sheer physical challenges it has presented and there have been many, but also because of the emotional significance of this site."


The construction of One World Trade Center continues

Building first began in 2006, however the years both before and after have been marked with political squabbles and budget altercations.

The current cost of One World Trade Center stands at £2.3 bn, almost double the figure estimated at the outset.

Security considerations have delayed building as well as the importance of designing a construct impervious to attack.

Battling through recession, One World Trade Center has had to negotiate inter-company bickering over which institutions should be housed in its first 90 floors.

The very top of the building is reserved for observation decks, while 10 floors are given over to air conditioning and electrics.

Take a look at some of the dazzling pictures below:

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  • The Freedom Tower: One World Trade Center

  • One World Trade Center Becomes Tallest Building In New York

    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 30: Iron worker Steven Cross (2nd R) steadies an iron beam on the 100th story of One World Trade Center on April 30, 2012 in New York City. One World Trade Center is being built to replace the twin towers destroyed in the Sept. 11 attacks. It reached just over 1,250 feet on making it just taller than the observation deck on the Empire State Building. (Photo by Lucas Jackson-Pool/Getty Images)

  • One World Trade Center Becomes Tallest Building In New York

    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 30: Iron worker Billy Geoghan climbs down an iron column after attaching beams into place on the 100th story of One World Trade on April 30, 2012 in New York City. One World Trade Center is being built to replace the twin towers destroyed in the Sept. 11 attacks. It reached just over 1,250 feet on making it just taller than the observation deck on the Empire State Building. (Photo by Lucas Jackson-Pool/Getty Images)

  • One World Trade Center Becomes Tallest Building In New York

    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 30: Ironworkers Adam Cross (L) and Steven Cross connect a steel beam at the top of One World Trade Center to make it New York City's tallest building on April 30, 2012 in New York City. The cousins are from the Kahnawae native american reservation in Quebec, Canada. One World Trade Center is being built to replace the twin towers destroyed in the Sept. 11 attacks. It reached just over 1,250 feet on Monday. That's just taller than the observation deck on the Empire State Building. (Photo by Mark Lennihan-Pool/Getty Images)

  • The Freedom Tower: One World Trade Center

  • The Freedom Tower: One World Trade Center

  • The Freedom Tower: One World Trade Center

  • The Freedom Tower: One World Trade Center

  • The Freedom Tower: One World Trade Center

  • The Freedom Tower: One World Trade Center

  • The Freedom Tower: One World Trade Center

  • The Freedom Tower: One World Trade Center

  • The Freedom Tower: One World Trade Center

  • The Freedom Tower: One World Trade Center

  • The Freedom Tower: One World Trade Center

  • One World Trade Center (L) stands in New

    One World Trade Center (L) stands in New York City April 30, 2012. New York's skyline got a new king after the still unfinished World Trade Center tower, built to replace the destroyed Twin Towers, crept above the venerable Empire State Building. One World Trade Center, already a gleaming, angular landmark on the city's skyline, will get still taller as construction winds up late next year, finally reaching 1,776 feet (541.3 meters) and 104 floors. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/GettyImages)

  • View from the 71st floor of One World Tr

    View from the 71st floor of One World Trade Center as the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced it became the tallest building in New York April 30, 2012. Already a gleaming, angular landmark on the city's skyline, One World Trade Center will get still taller as construction winds up late next year, finally reaching 1,776 feet (541.3 meters) and 104 floors. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/GettyImages)

  • A view of the Empire State Building and

    A view of the Empire State Building and One World Trade Center (R) from the Top of the Rock Observation Deck at Rockefeller Center April 30, 2012. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey held at a press conference today to mark the milestone of One World Trade Center becoming the tallest building in New York. AFP PHOTO TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/GettyImages)

  • One World Trade Center Becomes Tallest Building In New York

    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 30: The Brooklyn Bridge (R) and Manhattan Bridge can be seen from the 90th story of One World Trade Center on April 30, 2012 in New York City. One World Trade Center is being built to replace the twin towers destroyed in the Sept. 11 attacks. It reached just over 1,250 feet on making it just taller than the observation deck on the Empire State Building. (Photo by Lucas Jackson-Pool/Getty Images)

  • One World Trade Center Becomes Tallest Building In New York

    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 30: The Empire State Building and lower Manhattan can be seen from the 90th story of One World Trade Center on April 30, 2012 in New York City. One World Trade Center is being built to replace the twin towers destroyed in the Sept. 11 attacks. It reached just over 1,250 feet on making it just taller than the observation deck on the Empire State Building. (Photo by Lucas Jackson-Pool/Getty Images)

  • One World Trade Center Becomes Tallest Building In New York

    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 30: Iron workers walk around the steel decking on the 100th story of One World Trade Center on April 30, 2012 in New York City. One World Trade Center is being built to replace the twin towers destroyed in the Sept. 11 attacks. It reached just over 1,250 feet on making it just taller than the observation deck on the Empire State Building. (Photo by Lucas Jackson-Pool/Getty Images)

  • One World Trade Center Becomes Tallest Building In New York

    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 30: An iron worker sits to eat on a partially finished floor near the top of One World Trade Center on April 30, 2012 in New York City. One World Trade Center is being built to replace the twin towers destroyed in the Sept. 11 attacks. It reached just over 1,250 feet on making it just taller than the observation deck on the Empire State Building. (Photo by Lucas Jackson-Pool/Getty Images)

  • One World Trade Center Becomes Tallest Building In New York

    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 30: Iron workers gather to rest on a partially finished floor near the top of One World Trade Center on April 30, 2012 in New York City. One World Trade Center is being built to replace the twin towers destroyed in the Sept. 11 attacks. It reached just over 1,250 feet on making it just taller than the observation deck on the Empire State Building. (Photo by Lucas Jackson-Pool/Getty Images)

  • One World Trade Center Becomes Tallest Building In New York

    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 30: Iron workers maneuver an iron beam into place on the 100th story of One World Trade on April 30, 2012 in New York City. One World Trade Center is being built to replace the twin towers destroyed in the Sept. 11 attacks. It reached just over 1,250 feet on making it just taller than the observation deck on the Empire State Building. (Photo by Lucas Jackson-Pool/Getty Images)

  • One World Trade Center Becomes Tallest Building In New York

    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 30: Construction continues on One World Trade Center after workers moved a steel column into place to make it New York City's tallest building on April 30, 2012 in New York City. One World Trade Center's height is now just beyond the 1,250 feet of the observation deck at the Empire State Building. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

  • One World Trade Center Becomes Tallest Building In New York

    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 30: The Empire State building is seen from one of the top floors of the new One World Trade Center building, which is under construction on the site of the destroyed original World Trade Center, on April 30, 2012 in New York City. One World Trade officially surpassed the height of the Empire State Building today to become New York City's tallest building. With its unfinished frame the building stands at a little more than 1,250 feet high. It is not expected to reach its full height for at least another year, when it will likely to be declared the tallest building in the United States and the third-tallest in the world. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

  • One World Trade Center Becomes Tallest Building In New York

    JERSEY CITY, NJ - APRIL 30: Construction continues on One World Trade Center (TOP C) after workers moved a steel column into place to make it New York City's tallest building on April 30, 2012 as seen from Exchange Place in Jersey City, New Jersey. One World Trade Center's height is now just beyond the 1,250 feet of the observation deck at the Empire State Building. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

  • One World Trade Center Becomes Tallest Building In New York

    JERSEY CITY, NJ - APRIL 30: An American flag flies in Exchange Place as construction continues on One World Trade Center (TOP) after workers moved a steel column into place to make it New York City's tallest building on April 30, 2012 as seen from Jersey City, New Jersey. One World Trade Center's height is now just beyond the 1,250 feet of the observation deck at the Empire State Building. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

  • The lower Manhattan skyline shows One Wo

    The lower Manhattan skyline shows One World TraDe Center April 27, 2012 in New York. By Monday April 30, 2012 the rising steel frame of One World Trade Center is expected to become the tallest building in New York City and in the Western Hemisphere. AFP PHOTO/DON EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/GettyImages)

  • World Trade Center Survivor Tree

    Visitors to the national September 11 Memorial pass the Survivor Tree, Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at the World Trade Center in New York. One World Trade Center now up to the 93rd floor, is scheduled for completion in 2013. The callery pear, salvaged from the rubble following the attacks of September 11, 2001, was nursed back to health and replanted at the National September 11 Memorial. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

  • World trade Center

    One World Trade Center, now up to 90 floors and heading to 104 floors, towers over the lower Manhattan skyline, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012 in New York. The agency building the new World Trade Center says a design flaw could add millions of dollars to the cost of the complex's signature tower. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

  • World Trade Center Construction

    One World Trade Center, now up to 90 floors, rises above the lower Manhattan skyline and the Hudson River, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012 in New York. The tower is scheduled to be completed in 2013. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

  • View from the 71st floor of One World Tr

    View from the 71st floor of One World Trade Center as the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced it became the tallest building in New York April 30, 2012. Already a gleaming, angular landmark on the city's skyline, One World Trade Center will get still taller as construction winds up late next year, finally reaching 1,776 feet (541.3 meters) and 104 floors. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/GettyImages)

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