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7 World Trade Center
New York City, New York

  • project 7 World Trade Center
  • client Silverstein Properties, NY
  • architect Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
  • landscape architect Ken Smith Landscape Architect
  • lighting designer Cline Bettridge Bernstein Lighting Design
  • photographer Brett Drury Architectural Photography

Seven World Trade Center is the first major build­ing to be com­pleted in the re-devel­op­ment of New York City’s World Trade Center Site. Con­struc­tion of the new 7 World Trade Center began in 2002 and was com­pleted in 2006. The build­ing is 52 sto­ries tall (plus one under­ground floor), making it the 28th-tallest in New York. It is built on a smaller foot­print than the orig­i­nal (destroyed in the Sep­tem­ber 11 attacks). The cur­rent building’s design empha­sizes safety, with a rein­forced con­crete core, wider stair­ways, and thicker fire­proof­ing of steel columns. It also incor­po­rates numer­ous green design fea­tures.

The build­ing was the first com­mer­cial office build­ing in New York City to receive the U.S. Green Build­ing Council’s Lead­er­ship in Energy and Envi­ron­men­tal Design (LEED) cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, where it won a gold rating. It was also one of the first projects accepted to be part of the Council’s pilot pro­gram for Lead­er­ship in Energy and Envi­ron­men­tal Design – Core and Shell Devel­op­ment (LEED-CS).

Selux MTR Columns grace the building’s entrance plaza, beau­ti­fully illu­mi­nat­ing the foun­tain and inter­na­tion­ally acclaimed artist Jeff Koons’ Bal­loon Flower (Red) sculp­ture, one of his sig­na­ture highly pol­ished, public stain­less steel sculp­tures, which serves as a trib­ute to 911 sur­vivors.

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