In terms of the redevelopment of Ground Zero, what makes this 9/11 anniversary different from all other 9/11 anniversaries? Absolutely nothing, but at least there are new renderings of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum to look at! Yep, on the surface the World Trade Center and its new office towers (or lack thereof) are as much a political minefield now as ever. But underground, that's where the action is. Beneath Snohetta's shrunken above-ground pavilion, all the way down to bedrock, will be the Memorial Hall?previewed not long ago?and the museum's exhibit halls, featuring preserved parts of the Twin Towers. It's the museum, designed by Davis Brody Bond Aedas, that got a refreshed look today, including all sorts of programming details handily summarized by the Architects Newspaper. Highlights are in the gallery above. The museum's website also offers some insight:
On display will be in situ features, including what remains of the structural columns that outline the space where the Twin Towers stood and a section of the original slurry wall that held back the Hudson River on 9/11 - a symbol of strength and resilience. On the final leg of the journey to bedrock, visitors will descend alongside the “Survivors' Stairs,” the last standing vestige of the original World Trade Center complex near Vesey Street, which provided an escape route for many on 9/11. In the context of the post-9/11 world, the Stairs will remind visitors that, in some sense, everyone is a survivor of September 11.The museum is currently expected to open in 2012.
· Filling the void [ArchPaper]
· National September 11 Memorial & Museum [national911memorial.com]
· National September 11 Memorial & Museum coverage [Curbed]