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In pictures: Replacing the twin towers
The World Trade Center Twin Towers before the 11 September 2001 attacks
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The World Trade Center's original twin towers stood for almost 30 years and cost $400m to build.
Original Libeskind design
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Architect Daniel Libeskind won the competition to design their replacement.
Final design of the new World Trade Center
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But concerns about a lack office space forced a redesign.
David Childs with model of Freedom Tower
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Architect David Childs made the modifications to Libeskind's design.
From left: Architect David Childs, New York Governor George Pataki, World Trade Center leasholder Larry Silverstein, and architect Daniel Libeskind
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Despite disagreements over the designs, there was a show of unity when the final model was unveiled.
Artist's impression of Freedom Tower
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The new building will dominate the New York skyline by day...
Artist's impression of Freedom Tower
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...and by night.
Ground Zero site
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But at the site of the destroyed towers, a new building seems a long way off.

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