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Half-Pint Prototype: The Outsize Influence of 7 World Trade Center

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Source: The Gotham Center for New York City History

To fully appreciate One World Trade Center, one must begin at Seven World Trade Center, simply called Seven. Completed in 2006, Seven was the first tower to be rebuilt after September 11. Its construction was catalytic, refocusing prolonged discussions from what should be done at the World Trade Center to actually getting it rebuilt.​ Seven’s design, safety measures, and civic generosity established a benchmark that set the tone for the rest of the World Trade Center site.

Its innovations would be incorporated into every subsequent Trade Center tower... . Designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM),... Seven also saw the creation of a team of experts, all of whom would go on to work on One World Trade Center, bringing their skills and close working relationships to that project.

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