When completed, this will be one of the most important buildings of the early 21st century. It is significant in stature, in design, in its politics, its symbolism, and for the reason it was built.
The Freedom Tower is the replacement for what was once New York's World Trade Center destroyed by terrorists on September 11, 2001. The new Freedom Tower will pay homage to the twin towers in several ways. The base of the Freedom Tower will be 200 feet square -- the same dimensions as the original towers. The observation deck will be at 1,362 feet: the height of World Trade Center Tower Two. The glass parapet will be at 1,368 feet: the height of World Trade Center Tower One. This skyscraper will be 82 stories tall and will cost $2,000,000,000 to construct between 2006 to 2013.
Two shallow square pools surrounded by leafy trees will be located where the twin Towers formerly stood. This World Trade Center Memorial know as Reflecting Absence will honor those who died at the World Trade Center in terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, and February 26, 1993. The names of the victims will be etched in walls around the pools.