Almost all of the slatted glass around One World Trade Center’s upper mechanical floors is now up, and only a few floors remain until the tower’s cladding will been finished. Even the base facade is now progressing, with the first ‘shatter-proof‘ glass going in on the tower’s southern side.
One World Trade Center’s antenna is also rising, which is unfortunate because of how ugly it is. The barbed protrusion—its function and purpose are completely independent of the tower’s aesthetics, and as such it is not a spire—is roughly halfway complete. Value-engineering is less appropriate when the tower in question will supposedly be a national icon, visible to millions of New Yorkers every day.