4 Nov 2014

World Trade Center re-opens in NYC

6:58 am on 4 November 2014

More than 13 years after the original towers were destroyed in the 9/11 attacks, New York's World Trade Center has re-opened for business.

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Security guards stand inside the new One World Trade Center. Photo: AFP

Employees at publishing giant Conde Nast are starting to move into the 104-storey One World Trade Center, the BBC reported.

The $US3.8 billion skyscraper took eight years to build and is now the tallest building in the US.

It is 60 percent leased and the government's General Services Administration has signed up for 83,000 square metres.

"The New York City skyline is whole again," Patrick Foye, executive director of the Port Authority, which owns the restored site, said in a statement.

The 541m tall skyscraper is at the centre of the site, which included a memorial in the footprints of the old towers and a museum, opened this year.

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A view of the new World Trade Centre from the ground. Photo: AFP

An observation deck at the top of the building will eventually be open to the public.

Mr Foye added the building was "the most secure office building in America".

TJ Gottesdiener of the Skidmore, Owings & Merrill firm that produced the final design said the high-rise went beyond the city's existing building code, and was built with steel-inforced concrete.

About 170 of Conde Nast's employees will be moving into the building this week, filling five floors.

About 3,000 more employees will join them in early 2015.

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he view from the 63rd floor of One World Trade Center. Photo: AFP

Space had also been leased to the advertising firm Kids Creative, the GSA, and 582,000 square metres for the China Center, a trade and cultural space.

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