The National September 11 Memorial opened one year ago today in Lower Manhattan, and it has quickly become one of the most visited sites in New York City by tourists and locals alike. The somber location encourages emotional reflections on the past with its deeply inlaid pools and underground museum (which just yesterday got back on track for completion) while the sprouting construction for the new World Trade Center complex that encircles the memorial forces us to look hopefully toward the future. The most striking example of this growth upward and onward is 1 World Trade Center.

1 WTC recently surpassed the Empire State Building as the tallest building in New York, and upon completion at the end of 2013 it will be the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere and the third tallest in the world. For the 11th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, the people at EarthCam compiled footage captured since February 2010 to create a commemorative time lapse video of the rise of 1 World Trade Center. In it you can see both 1 WTC and 4 WTC inching up, giving you an idea of what the entire complex will look like when it is done:

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image via The Real Deal

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