Yesterday, the Port Authority and The Durst Organization released a set of brand new renderings of One World Trade Center, and looking at them, we have to say that NYC's tallest building is looking better than ever. As you can see, the new drawings don't look too different from the old ones, but they do depict one controversial change to the tower - the removal of the cladding from around the antenna - which was announced a few months ago. Click through our photo gallery of the beautiful new images, which also offer a peek at what the 1 WTC lobby and plaza will look like.
Upon its completion in early 2014, One World Trade Center will be one of the most sustainable office buildings in NYC and the developers are also endeavoring for it to achieve LEED Gold certification. The building, which was designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merill uses recycled content building materials including sustainably-harvested wood and the construction debris from the site will also be recycled. 1 WTC will also have a fuel cell that will generate 4.8 million watts (MW), a rainwater collection system and recycling scheme for its cooling systems and will be heated largely by steam.
The new renderings of 1 WTC show it glinting from several vantage points including from Brooklyn and Staten Island. There are also images of the building’s plaza and lobby. Several companies have already signed up as tenants, including Condé Nast, which has leased nearly 1.2 million square feet on 25 floors bringing the percentage of the space currently leased to 55 percent.
What do you think of the new renderings and slightly adapted design? Tell us in the comments below and if you need a refresher, check out the old renderings here.