The Tallest Building in the US Is Coming—and It’s Expected to Reach a Staggering Height

What could soon be the tallest building in the US has just been approved to be built at an “unlimited height,” reports People. The new record holder, which would overtake One World Trade Center in New York City, would be nowhere near the shimmering skylines of the Big Apple, Chicago, or Los Angeles, but rather in Oklahoma City, right in the middle of America’s heartland.

Called the Boardwalk at Bricktown, the complex was designed by Office AO and developed by Matteson Capital. In January, the organizations submitted a request to the Oklahoma City Council to build a 1,907-foot-tall tower, after previously being given the green light to build the structure at 1,750 feet. The approved modification means the complex will be about 200 feet taller than One World Trade Center and also claim the record for the sixth tallest building in the world.

The base of the complex includes dining and entertainment real estate.

Photo: Courtesy of AO

“AO is delighted that the Oklahoma City Council has approved the development team’s request for unlimited height for the Boardwalk at Bricktown,” AO said in a statement to People. “We are grateful that the city council has embraced the vision of Matteson Capital and the entire design team to transform the city into a global destination.”

The building will be a mixed-use structure, offering residential, hospitality, retail, dining, and entertainment space across two million square feet. “The Boardwalk at Bricktown will deliver an exciting architectural tapestry of modern design and a rich mixed-use experience at the heart of a vibrant entertainment district,” AO shared on its website.

Rendering of a supertal skyscraper

The Legend Tower would extend 1,907 feet into the sky.

Photo: Courtesy of AO

The base levels of the complex will feature open plazas and space for retail and dining tenants. From this volume, four towers extend upwards. Three stand at 345 feet, while the fourth—called Legends Tower—will ascend 1,907 feet. Not only does this height secure the record for tallest building in the country, it also represents the year Oklahoma was ratified as the 46th state, 1907. “A catalyst for urban evolution, The Boardwalk embodies the spirited essence of Oklahoma City, honoring its rich past, dynamic present, and promising future,” AO shared. The mixed-use building will hold a hotel, 1,776 residential units, and 110,000 square feet of dining, retail, and entertainment space.

If constructed as planned, the Boardwalk at Bricktown would be the 18th building to hold the title of the tallest building in the US. It would be the first in Oklahoma and one of only a handful outside of New York City. Prior to One World Trade Center holding the record, the Willis (formerly Sears) Tower in Chicago was the tallest.

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