Tuesday, October 1, 2013

World Trade Center – Once Upon a Time

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Name of the building: World Trade Center
Location: New York
Country: United States
Designed by: 
  • Minoru Yamasaki
  • Emery Roth & Sons
Completed in: 1st tower was completed in 1970 while the last one (7th) in 1987.
Opened on: 4th April 1973
Height: 417 meters (1 World Trade Center)
Floors: 110
Area covered: 4,300,000 square meters
Major materials used: Aluminum & Steel
Cost: 400 million USD
Used as: Hotel, Residential space and offices

Quick Facts about World Trade Center:

  • 1 World Trade Center and 2 World Trade Center or Twin Towers remained the highest buildings of the world from 1973 to 1975 until they were surpassed by Willis Towers.
  • About 50,000 people used to work in different offices in World Trade Center while 200,000 people used to visit it daily.
  • A 68 miles long road can be constructed with the steel which was used in the construction of the buildings.
  • 19,600 miles of cable was installed in the buildings for the maintenance of 75,000 telephones.
  • The buildings had its own Zip Codes i.e., 10047 & 10048 and the building received mail even after years of its destruction.
World trade center
  • World Trade Center claimed 60 lives during its construction.
  • Before its construction, there was a tie between constructing a new tunnel, a bridge over Hudson River and a tall building. So the tall building was chosen by the city.
  • World Trade Center was featured in hundreds of film, serials, video games and cartoons while there were about 40 movies which were filmed in the building.
  • Fuji Bank, AON, New York Stock Exchange, Port Authority of NY & NJ, and dozens of other companies had their offices in the buildings.
  • World Trade Center was destroyed in 2001 terror attacks. Right now, One World Trade Center is under construction on the same location.

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