World Trade Center in New York (USA) - WTC towers, tower
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Church St, New York, New York, USA
Date of build
1966 - 1973
- Other building names: WTC
- Building types: Skyscrapers, Offices
- Architectural styles: Modern
- Material: Steel, aluminum, glass
- Cost: 750 million dollars
Height: 417 m - WTC I
526 m - WTC I with antenna
415 m - WTC II
Area: 1 114 800 m² - a complex of 7 buildings
800,000 m² - two twin towers combined
40,000 st² - every floor
- Architect: Minoru Yamasaki & Associates, Emery Roth & Sons
The World Trade Center consisted of a complex of seven buildings, the most famous of which were two twin towers. The second tower had a height of 415.22 m, and the top of the TV antenna at the First Tower was located at an altitude of 526 m, so it was 46 m higher than the antenna on the roof of the tower Willis Tower .
Both towers had 110 floors and 406,000. m² usable area.
In each of them there were 99 lifts (including 23 express ones) moving at a speed of up to 8.4 m / s, in shafts with a total length of 30 km. In addition, there were 43,600 windows in the complex, which needed 182,880 m² glass.
The telephone cables that were in the WTC were over 30 km long.
50,000 people worked in the complex. people in more than 500 companies and organizations, and 150,000 people visited him daily tourists. There were offices, shops, hotel rooms, restaurants, parking and a metro station.
On the 107th floor of the Second Tower there was a famous observation deck, it was the highest observatory in the open air, from which in good weather it was possible to see the area 45 miles in each direction. It could be reached by a lift in just 58 seconds.
181 400 tonnes of steel were used to build the towers.
On Friday 26 February 1993 at 12.18 in the underground garage of the first tower exploded a bomb, creating a deep crater on 5 floors and 7 meters wide. Six people were killed and over 500 were injured. The towers have been cleaned, repaired and reopened in less than a month after the accident.
The towers were often called by critics: "Lego-blocks" ("Lego blocks").
For the highest World Trade Center tower for four years was the record of the highest building in the world.
During strong wind, the towers deflected three feet.
On 7.04.1974 tightrope walker Philippe Petit crossed the line suspended between the towers at a height of 409 m.
The WTC contained numerous modern art pieces and works by Pablo Picasso that were destroyed after the attempt.
Exactly half a year after the attack, in the WTC site, 2 light poles were let into the sky, which commemorated the skyscrapers and victims of September 11th. The light was turned on for a few days and at night it was visible from a distance of several kilometers.
A temporary World Trade Center monument can be seen at Battery Park City Park. It contains the remains of the ball "The Sphere" by Fritz Koenig's, standing in front of the WTC skyscrapers. The bronze statue weighs 5,000 pounds and is 15 feet in diameter, it was partially destroyed by the falling remains of skyscrapers.
The towers were destroyed or damaged in a lot of cinematic hits, eg "Independence Day", "Holocaust Day", "Godzilla", "Armageddon" or "AI" ". In addition, their image can be seen in many series: "Soprano family", "Sex in the big city", "Friends" and others.
Shortly before the WTC deal, it was sold for $ 3 billion, and the land it was rented for the next 99 years.
Official website: http://www.wtc.com