One World Trade Center – Tallest Building in the Western Hemisphere

One World Trade center has been officially name the tallest building in the western hemisphere, following some controversy over whether its spire can contribute to its overall height.

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The skyscraper, designed by American firm Skidmore Owings & Merrill(SOM), topped out earlier this year at a height of 541 meters, overtaking Chicago’s 442-metre Willis Tower as America’s tallest structure, but the claim was called into question after supporters of the former Sears Tower complained that the spire is nothing more than an antenna and shouldn’t be included.

But tall buildings expert The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitathas now verified the height and ruled that the building’s claim is correct, making it the third-tallest skyscraper in the world.

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Congratulations to SOM for this acomplishment!

Head over to Dezeen to read more.

(Source: Dezeen)

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