After a more than a decade of planning, redesigns, and construction, One World Trade Center is finally rolling towards completion. CNN Money recently took a tour of the new tower ahead of its planned opening (which is set for some time in 2014). The sneak peek shows off some new features including a three-floor observation deck complete with food, drinks, and a small theater. Click through the gallery above for more pics of the lobby, office spaces and interior design.
While New Yorkers have been able to see the 1,776-foot-high tower rise from a distance, the building has not been accessible to the public during construction. When CNN Money visited, workers were still putting together final touches on the white marble adorned lobby, which is a distinctive nod to the original World Trade Center complex. Other than the masonry, everything in the entrance seems to be ready including the large glass walls, which protect the lobby and let in natural light at the same time.
Up on the 63rd floor, office spaces have already been fully finished and furnished. Jordan Barowitz of The Durst Organization told CNN Money that 55 percent of the office spaces have already been leased out to magazine giant Conde Nast. Office space below the 64th level will span 40,000 square feet and can be rented out for $75 per square-foot. The upper floors, of course, will shrink as the building tapers and leases for space will have to be negotiated upon request.
Closer to the very top of the building, Barowitz said that the 102nd floor will be the highest occupied floor in the building. There will be an observation deck open to the public, letting visitors get 360-degree unobstructed views of the metropolis below.