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3 World Trade Center debuts as NYC’s fifth-tallest building

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Clayton Guse

On Monday, 3 World Trade Center officially opened, marking a major milestone in the redevelopment of the area nearly 17 years after the tragic attacks of 9/11. At 1,079 feet and 80 stories, it’s the fifth-tallest tower in New York City and the tenth-tallest in the country. 

Construction on the tower originally began in 2010, but delays due to a lack of funding and tenants on board brought it to a halt in 2014. Designed by architecture firm Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, earlier plans for the building would put it at a whopping 1,155 feet. 

The shiny blue and reflective design mimics the other buildings that have been constructed at the new World Trade Center over the past decade, but the new structure includes a K-shaped bracing on its exterior, which allow for 360-degree panoramic views of the city from its offices. Three of its floors (17, 60 and 76) also contain outdoor terraces, giving way for another set of stellar vantage points in Lower Manhattan. 

3 World Trade Center sits at the former site of the Marriott World Trade Center, which was located adjacent to the Twin Towers and was destroyed during the 9/11 attacks. The opening of the new building was hailed by officials as a landmark moment for the city as a whole.

“The continued resurgence of Lower Manhattan is a powerful demonstration of the resilience of New York City,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement on Monday. “We rose from tragedy bigger, bolder, stronger and still open to the world. 3WTC is the next chapter in that story.”

Check out more images of the building below.

Photograph: Courtesy World Trade Center

Photograph: Courtesy World Trade Center

Photograph: Courtesy World Trade Center

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