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Base of 1 WTC

Lower Section of "Freedom Tower"

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Architect David Childs gave One World Trade Center a sturdy, bomb-proof base that rises nearly 200-feet high.
This model shows the base of One World Trade Center at night

This model shows the base of One World Trade Center at night

Image Courtesy Silverstein Properties Inc (SPI) © Skidmore Owings & Merrill LLP
The heavy, solid base tended to make the building seem imposing, so Childs gave it a sparkling facade. He wanted to use prismatic glass, but the material is difficult to manufacture.

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