The site of the Twin Towers Go Global Baghdad is at the southern tip of the city, on the western bank of the Tigris River. Currently in the second stage of construction and slated for completion in December of 2012, the Towers will occupy 17 acres of land, and offer 55 floors (12.5 million square feet) of office space. The Towers will be linked by high-speed rail to the US Embassy two miles away, via a line that is being constructed simultaneously.
The Twin Towers Baghdad will reflect the influence of Islamic architecture in the original designs by Minoru Yamasaki, the architect for New York City’s World Trade Center. This influence is evidenced by the WTC’s pointed arch structural system, and the open courtyard in the center, but it was even more pronounced in Yamasaki’s earlier designs. The architects for the Twin Towers Baghdad have incorporated these earlier versions of the WTC into their designs. The West Tower will be crowned with an antenna structure 1,932 feet tall, a symbolic reference to the year of Iraq’s independence from Britain.