Ground Zero Pavilion UnveiledScaled-back Snohetta design to serve as memorial beacon
On September 9, Governor David Paterson vowed that a memorial to the events of September 11, 2001 must open before other planned commercial development at the World Trade Center complex. Which left architect Craig Dykers of Snøhetta with a delicate task: create a beacon, located between three proposed towers and the memorial itself, that commemorates a tragedy while tying together an obstacle course of a site—all in a 47,500-square-foot, three-story building.
In that context, Dykers presented a brave face at a press conference later that day to unveil the most recent designs for a Ground Zero museum pavilion. His $80 million building, a gem-like, glass-and-steel volume composed of tilted planes, is to open in 2012 as the only above-grade portion of the memorial museum. And his remarks subtly referred to the jousting that made the pavilion so modest. “As important as any event in the past may be, people of the present and the future will connect with this place,” Dykers said. “Our design should speak to what this place will be. So the design tries to balance the initial Libeskind scheme and recent commercial planning.”
The original scheme for the site included a 220,000-square-foot cultural center fronting the sunken footprints of the World Trade Center towers. Former governor George Pataki rejected one of the site’s designated tenants, the International Freedom Center, and subsequent negotiations reworked the zone as part of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, honoring victims of all terrorist acts. It’s that museum, which one will enter underground, to which Dykers’ angled building opens through a stand of 50-foot-tall trees. The pavilion will also face three proposed office towers, each with double-height retail at street level, designed by international stars Norman Foster, Richard Rogers, and Fumihiko Maki. (The Freedom Tower, to the north, is still due to open in 2011.)
Searching for a connective language, Dykers and his team looked to the street-facing pediments of the lost World Trade Center. Since some had called the famous Y-shaped columns of the center’s lobby “tree trunks,” Snøhetta borrowed the metaphor to make a gesture with its roof. “We wanted the atrium to be a web structure, so that as much light as possible comes in,” Dykers said at the presentation. The roof, a trapezoid with carats on top, follows the vein-like pattern of a leaf. This motif relates the building to Santiago Calatrava’s birdlike PATH station, planned for Fulton Street on the east, and the trellises of Battery Park City on the west.
But as site leaseholder Larry Silverstein reiterated after Dykers’ talk, other projects are on hold until the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey “delivers infrastructure” to the entire, 16-acre site. And that process won’t begin in earnest until the agency releases a report on September 30 that presents a defensible construction schedule. Even after construction begins, it’s not clear that Silverstein can get financing or tenants for the other proposed towers.
Perhaps to preempt the Port Authority’s report, Mayor Michael Bloomberg called on September 10 for the city to take over site management. And if that were to happen, Dykers and his client could get fast-tracked. Deputy Mayor Robert Lieber emphasized after Dykers’ talk that the city’s chief priority remains opening the memorial by September 11, 2011. The memorial should be completed before infrastructure and office development, Lieber told AN, “because of what it is.”
Lieber’s view reflects sound economic logic. Unlike the office towers, the memorial has a committed occupant, and can draw tourists while making good on a civic promise to victims’ families. And while that logic places a heavy burden on a small building, Dykers welcomed the challenge.
“Being small in a place like this sets you apart,” he told AN. “In New York, smaller spaces, like pocket parks in the Village or a small club, can be more memorable.” Of course, other Ground Zero elements have been getting scaled back, notably among them Calatrava’s station. In that spirit, Dykers’ closing words to the press corps had a poignant ring. “Your memory of this place will be not a physical object,” he said, “but an experience.”
Freedom TowerBy iEntry Network
Aug. 29, 2011
Freedom Tower Update: As the eighth anniversary of 9/11 approaches, construction of the Freedom Tower continues to move forward. Parts of the National September 11 Memorial, which will be located elsewhere on a 16-acre site, should be finished by 2011
Both structures have been the subject of some debate, but public perception of them is improving, and developers remain confident that their work will act as a fitting tribute to the victims of 9/11.
By Daryl Worley
Written by Darryl Worley and Wynn Varble
Somebody sent this to my daughter by e-mail. This will touch your heart. Every American should see this! This was put together by Steve Golding that was really touched, just like all of us. Dedicated to the men, women and children who lost their lives, those brave people who gave their lives, and the heroes who responded to the emergency 11 September 2001. Send this to as many people as you can. May God Be With Us All
By Steve Golding
I am a survivor of the attack on the World Trade Center, as most of the people of New York City. This has hit me especially hard because had I been on time to work that day, God only knows whether or not someone else would have incorporated my photo into this arrangement.
Unfortunately, I lost many people in this wanton, cowardly attack. I have not been the same ever since. One day the calm may return, but here it is months later and I still feel the sensation of shaking inside.
I created this presentation to honor all who I lost personally as well as to honor all of those who were lost that day. I created it to honor the heroes that run toward chaos and carnage rather than, like most everyone else, away from it. To those men and women, my heartfelt and sincere thanks. I do not know what we would've done without you.
Nor would we have known what to do without all those who rushed to the city to help us in our hour of need. You have my profound thanks as well.
When you feel your resolve waining or you wonder why we are in another country fighting a long, protracted battle, I want you to consider all the people who were at work or on their way to work when US commercial jetliners and their occupants were used as a weapon of mass destruction against the United States. They all had names. They all had families. They were guilty of nothing more than being American. And some of them weren't American at all.
Freedom was attacked on 11 September 2001. As the keepers of the beacon of freedom, it is our responsibility to defend her wherever the defense of freedom takes us. So strengthen your resolve and remember all these folks.
MY SISTER IN FLORIDA SENT ME THIS WEB SITE THAT IS TRULY INSPIRING AND EVERY AMERICAN SHOULD SEE! THIS HAS GOT TO BE THE MOST IMPRESSIVE DISPLAY THAT HAS EVER BEEN VIEWED ONLINE. IT IS THE ULTIMATE IN PATRIOTISM ! YOU WILL BE PROUD THAT YOU TOOK THE TIME TO VISIT. LONG MAY SHE WAVE.
I AM THE FLAG
Due to overwhelming requests, I've made a page with the lyrics and the download song in MP3 format. As we remember the families, Firemen, and Policemen that perish in this tragedy on September 11, 2001.9-11 Silent Night Lyrics and Download Area:
The true events about Pearl Harbor and the lives that were lost in the attack Dec. 7, 1941. The Normandy invasion, D-Day attack on Omaha Beach, June 6, 1944. The Vietnam War, Personal Legacy: The Healing of a Nation. Also has links to National Memorials, honoring our veterans.