Since the tragic events of September 11, 2001, New York State and the City of New York have worked to rebuild the site and return it to a lively and important center in one of the world's most notable cities.
Snøhetta was selected to design the only building that
actually sits on the memorial grounds. During the four years of
working with the project, the program has changed several times,
however it has remained a cultural facility that is dedicated to
visitor comfort and orientation. The current design, which has now
completed the contract document stage, is scheduled for completion
The design for the building embodies a careful reaction to the horizontal character of the memorial design while also providing the area with a lively organic form that allows the visitor to imagine the site and city in a broader sense. The building will provide each visitor with the opportunity to engage in the act of remembering and to ponder the consequences of forgetting.
Two of the original steel tridents, rescued from the Twin
Towers, will be enclosed within the Pavilion's grand glass atrium,
designed to direct light deep into the subterranean Memorial
Museum. Although removed from their former location and function,
they mark the site with their own profound aesthetic gesture.
Visitors to the Memorial Museum will enter through the Pavilion
being presented with a sequence of experiences which allow for
individual and personal encounters within an overall context of a
historical narrative. The nature of the Museum is such that the
shell of the space, comprising existing foundations, the slurry
wall and other in-situ elements of the site is as much an artifact
of 9/11 as the contents of the exhibitions.
Facts about WTC Pavilion
Expected completion: 2011
National September 11 - Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center
Last updated: December 19, 2013
Out of the Ordinary: The Architecture and Design of Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown and Associates
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA