One World Trade Center is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere and the center of the World Trade Center complex, which was rebuilt after being destroyed by terrorist attacks from Al Qaeda on Sept. 11, 2001.
After the original Twin Towers were destroyed, proposals began almost immediately to rebuild; a master plan was chosen by Daniel Libeskind for the overall site in 2002, which would undergo much revision. In 2006, Silverstein Properties, which held the lease on the Twin Towers, ceded control over 1 World Trade Center in exchange for the right to build other towers in the World Trade Center complex. One World Trade Center was designed by Skidmore Owings & Merrill’s David Childs, and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey brought in the Durst Organization to finish the building and be in charge of leasing. The finished building is 1,792 feet to the very top, and consists of 3 million-plus square feet of space.
The building opened in November of 2014, and Condé Nast moved into the building, taking 1 million square feet of space spread out over 23 floors, marking the biggest lease in the tower. After the COVID-19 pandemic, Condé Nast made moves to exit its lease early, but the tower has managed to attract tenants like pharmaceutical companies, such as MKG.