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Rising Above: Legends Tower Threatens to Diminish NYC's Skyline Prestige

The renowned One World Trade Center in New York City, once the architectural titan that dominated the Big Apple's skyline, may soon be overshadowed by another structure nearly 40 meters taller. This upcoming challenger, the Legends Tower, not only aims to break conventional standards but also promises to significantly alter its surroundings.

Rather than being surrounded by the hustle and bustle of a metropolis, as is the case with the One World Trade Center, the Legends Tower will stand amidst the seemingly tranquil expanse of Oklahoma. This shift in scenery, from New York's bustling streets to a more serene setting in Oklahoma, creates a fascinating paradox that is sure to capture the attention of architecture enthusiasts worldwide.

Developers want to build a 1,907-foot skyscraper in Oklahoma City, part of a mixed-use development with apartments and retail called The Boardwalk at Bricktown.OKLAHOMA CITY | Boardwalk at Bricktown - Legends Tower | 581m | 1907ft |  134 fl | Pro | Page 2 | SkyscraperCity Forum

The monumental construction will be located within a new mega-complex in the Bricktown area (The Boardwalk Bricktown). Real estate investors from Matteson Capital and the architectural firm AO will spearhead this project. The development will encompass 110,000 square feet of space for shops, restaurants, and numerous other attractions. It will also feature a mega Hyatt hotel with hundreds of rooms and over 1,500 apartments. However, according to local media reports, Mayor Holt has yet to decide whether to grant permission for the project to proceed.

As plans unfold for the Legends Tower, it is poised not only to ascend to the top ranks of skyscrapers in the United States, but also to serve as a symbol of innovation and ambition in a location far removed from the bustling cityscapes traditionally associated with such architectural marvels.

Developer's planned Oklahoma City skyscraper now going for tallest in the  U.S.

According to CNN business, another reason why the development is a surprise is that the work-from-home revolution since the pandemic has weakened demand for office space. More office space is currently sitting empty in the United States than at any point since 1979. Many of America’s tallest buildings, such as the 1,776-foot One World Trade Center in New York and Chicago’s Willis Tower, which is 1,729 feet, are office buildings.

The entire development project, estimated to cost a staggering $1.6 billion, includes allocating $770 million specifically for the Legends Tower, according to Matteson. Among these sources, $200 million in subsidies approved by the city is earmarked for the project. Additionally, the firm is actively pursuing further financial support from state and federal avenues.

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The Legends Tower not only promises to be a towering testament to architectural ingenuity but also a catalyst for economic revitalization and community development. Its inclusion within the broader Bricktown area mega-complex, alongside plans for the NBA and soccer stadiums, underscores the city's commitment to creating vibrant urban spaces that cater to diverse interests.

As the Legends Tower begins its ascent into the Oklahoma City skyline, it represents more than just steel and glass—it embodies the city's bold vision for the future, where innovation and ambition converge to shape a skyline that inspires awe and admiration.

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