One World Trade Center

infographic, Major Developments

world's most expensive buildings, nyc's most expensive buildings

Don’t share this with Michael Kimmelman. The New York Times architecture critic who this past Sunday blasted the design of One World Trade for its excess will only find more fuel for his fire with this infographic visualizing the world’s most expensive buildings. The recently opened One WTC is not only the world’s priciest construction, but it outdoes its runners-up, Las Vegas’s Palazzo and London’s Shard, by a staggering two billion dollars. The Emporis infograph was first uncovered by Chicago Tribune critic Blair Kamin, who tweeted the chart to supplement his own review in the Windy City paper.

Construction Update, Financial District, Major Developments, Starchitecture, Transportation

World Trade Center Transportation Hub, Santiago Calatrava

Ironworkers attach the “Old Glory” flag to the final Oculus rafter piece before installation

Just weeks after One World Trade Center and the Fulton Center Subway Station opened their doors for business, the last of the 114 steel rafters was installed on Santiago Calatrava‘s long-overdue, majorly over-budget flying bird-looking transportation hub. This is just one of many steel components in the project; it’s made up of 618 steel pieces which weigh more than 12,000 tons. The rafters were supposed to be completed by August, but though they were three months behind schedule, the hub is still expected to open in late 2015.

Read more here

Daily Link Fix

One World Trade Center parapet
  • Photographers Iwan Baan and James Ewing capture the completed One World Trade Center from every angle, and the results are stunning. See them all on designboom.
  • Sandwiches are serious business. See if you agree with Refinery 29’s list of the ten most iconic New York sandwiches.
  • Electric Traces are electronic ballet shoes that allow dancers to digitally track their movements. Check out the cool technology over on My Modern Met.
  • Believe it or not, NYC has gotten quieter since the 1980’s. Gothamist has a video called “Noise City,” which is raw footage of city sounds from 1988, to prove it.
  • Don’t you hate those annoying ATM fees? So does OurBKSocial, so they’ve created FreeATM, which will map free ATM locations around the city.

Images: A view of One World Trade Center’s parapet via Iwan Baan (L); Electric Traces via Lesia Trubat (R)

Financial District, Major Developments, Polls

POLL: Can One World Trade Center Get to 100% Occupancy?

By Dana Schulz, Wed, November 5, 2014

On Monday, anchor tenant Condé Nast moved into One World Trade Center. It was, of course, a significant day for many reasons, but it left a lot of people wondering if they would feel comfortable working in the 104-story tower. And since the building is currently only 58% leased, we want to know if you think One WTC will be able to find occupants for the remainder of its 1.2 million square feet.

Images: Via Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (L); Via gigi_nyc via photopin cc (R)

Financial District, Major Developments, Starchitecture

One World Trade Center

More than nine years after ground broke at One World Trade Center, the tower’s first and largest tenant, Condé Nast, is moving in. Though the media company will not complete its move until January, the relocation actually began last weekend when 2,800 orange crates full of files, photos, and books were carted downtown from the media company’s Times Square office.

Today, 175 employees will start their days at One WTC, the first wave of the 3,400 employees at 18 magazines. And as the New York Times notes, the scene they’re encountering is much different than when construction began nearly a decade ago. As the number of financial institutions has declined, tech firms, advertising agencies, and media companies have made the Financial District their new home, along with a residential population of 61,000.

More on the big move here

Weekly Highlights

Weekly Highlights: Top Picks from the 6sqft Staff

By Dana Schulz, Sat, November 1, 2014

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Financial District, Major Developments, Starchitecture

One World Observatory

On Monday we learned that tourism is predicted to bring in one quarter, roughly $53 million, of the One World Trade Center’s annual revenue by 2019. And now the much-talked-about ticket price to visit the three-floor observation deck of the tower, known as One World Observatory, has been revealed. It will cost $32 for an adult to visit the observatory when it opens in the spring of 2015.

More details and renderings of the observatory ahead

Financial District, Major Developments, Starchitecture

One World Trade Center

On Friday, news broke that anchor tenant Condé Nast will begin its big move in to One World Trade Center on November 3rd. And now we’ve learned that the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, along with the Durst Organization, is predicting that one quarter, roughly $53 million, of the tower’s annual revenue will be generated from tourism by 2019.

The three-floor observation deck of the tower, known as One World Observatory, is expected to be visited by about 3.5 million people per year. Legends Hospitality LLC, the developer of the observatory, has not yet revealed what it will cost to visit the site, but it’s expected to be on par with the Empire State Building, which received $101 million in 2013 from visits to its observatory (it costs $29 per person), 40% of its annual revenue.

Learn more about this prediction and the state-of-the-art observation deck here

Financial District, Major Developments, Starchitecture

One WTC, One World Trade Center, One WTC construction update, progress at One WTC

Remember those jitters you’d get leading up to college move-in day? We wonder if Condé Nast is feeling that way in anticipation of its big move into One World Trade Center, now set for November 3rd. The tower’s anchor tenant will not make a big to-do of its move, but the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is planning a celebratory event later in the month following the fall elections. The exact date will be determined based on Governor Cuomo’s and Governor Christie’s availability.

The official open date of the city’s tallest building comes more than nine years after ground was first broken. Though Condé Nast will begin relocating its offices next month, it will not complete the move until January. Other tenants include Morgan Stanley, Legends Hospitality, and BMB Group.

[Via Metropolis]

condos, Midtown East, New Developments, Starchitecture

432 Park Avenue, world's tallest tower, world's tallest residential tower

NYC supertalls all over town are weeping: 432 Park Avenue is officially the tallest residential building in the city as of today, topping out at 1,396 feet, and the second-tallest tower after One World Trade Center. Concrete on the highest floor of the Rafael Viñoly-designed building is being poured, probably as we speak, cementing (no pun intended) the residential tower’s place as not only the tallest in NYC, but in the entire western hemisphere. And though One WTC reaches 1,776 feet, 408 feet is accounted by its spire. So, when you only count its roof height, it’s actually 28 feet lower than 432 Park. The tower will open next year, and it’s already seeing groundbreaking sales, including that of the $95 million penthouse.

Photo via DBOX


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