This week, the Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat will finally announce their decision regarding the fate of the One World Trade Center spire and whether or not it is, in fact, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.
The question that's dogged the debate is whether the 408-foot top of One World Trade is an antenna or a decorative spire, as the CTBUH prohibits "antennae, signage, flag poles," etc. from contributing towards the overall height of a building. Despite abandoning plans to sheath the antenna in an expensive, decorative casing (which would have designated it a spire without question), One World Trade reps argued on Friday that the antenna is integral to the building's design, and thus counts as a spire.
· "One World Trade Center's Skyscraper Supremacy Hinges on One Thing" [Atlantic Cities]
· All World Trade Center Redevelopment coverage [Curbed]