National September 11 Memorial
- Handel Architects
- 1 World Trade Center, New York City, New York City
- 100M - 1Bn
The Memorial site offers a reserved space for meditation and contemplation, centered around two reflecting pools that sit in the footprints of the original World Trade Center Towers. Lining the perimeter of each fountain is parapet of victims’ names, arranged and inscribed according to a system of “meaningful adjacencies.” The fountains rest within a new plaza that presents carefully chosen green space that acts as a sacred ground for those coming to honor the victims, while also integrating the Memorial into the surrounding city.
The pools are clad in Jet Mist granite, and the names panels are made of bronze that has been treated with a ferric based patina. At night, the names are illuminated from within.
The project's elegant simplicity conceals an incredible complexity of architectural design and engineering. The fourteen-acre WTC site will contain, in addition to the Memorial and the Museum, a Visitor Orientation Center, a new PATH train station, a Subway station, an underground retail concourse, an underground road network with security screening areas, five new office towers, and a Performing Arts Center. Most of these projects interlock physically and programmatically with the eight-acre Memorial site and have required close coordination between the various design teams.
National September 11 Memorial & Museum<br /> <br /> <strong>Awards</strong><br /> A+ Award Popular Choice | Architizer<br /> Award of Excellence | Society of American Registered Architects<br /> Merit Award in Cultural Category, Global Best Projects | Engineering News Record National<br /> Institute Honor Award for Regional and Urban Design | AIA National<br /> Best of the Best Landscape/Hardscape/Urban Design Award | Engineering News Record National<br /> Honor Award in General Design | The American Society of Landscape Architects<br /> American Architecture Award | The Chicago Athenaeum<br /> Architecture Honor Award | AIA New York City<br /> Award of Excellence | AIA New York State<br /> Liberty Award for Artistic Leadership | Lower Manhattan Cultural Council<br /> Best Landscape/Hardscape Project | Engineering News Record<br /> Best New Landmark, Parks and Public Spaces | Travel + Leisure Magazine<br /> Coverings Installation and Design (CID) Award