The World Trade Center site is once again becoming part of New York life.
The first and smallest of four main towers built to replace the twin towers destroyed in 2001 when hijacked airplanes crashed into them has just been opened by the city’s mayor.
At the inauguration ceremony Michael Bloomberg told an invited audience:
“The site once again becomes a part of New York’s continued growth, reconnected with the city that surrounds it and the people who live and work in this neighbourhood. It took years of hard work and cooperation to make it possible. And this remarkable building is a real credit to those efforts.”
Sheathed in glass, 4 World Trade Center is the first office tower at Ground Zero.
Conscious of the loss of 2,700 lives in the terrorist attack, architect Fumihiko Maki said he had designed the 72-story building to have a strong sculptural effect but with a quiet presence and an ambiance of calm and dignity.
Earlier this week a council of urban designers decided that One World Trade Center, currently being built, would be designated the tallest building in the United States.