SACRED 911 Memorial Competition Entry Suburban Church Complex SPACES & PLACES
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911 MEMORIAL COMPETITION - NEW YORK, NY
The solution is driven by three initial goals. The first goal was to should also be illustrated. All of this information will, in a small way, maintain the original footprint of the towers, the second to make give us more personal insight of the victims. The collective sure that the individual victims were honored and the last to information will also demonstrate that this was not only an attack continue to give some sense of the magnitude and scale of the against the United States but as an extension, all of humanity terrible devastation that occurred on that fateful day.
an and original should the Thus must world. obelisks their crossed and will one the be and center that identified flowers.
The firemen and policeman that died doing their jobs will be It was important to maintain the original footprint of the towers singled out as well, with either a blue or a red base. In order to because they became the final resting place for those that died further personalize the victims, each obelisk would be cut to the and they should be treated as sacred, hollowed ground. Fitting same height of the individual. Thus both the stature and mass of tribute must also be extended to the spirit of the humanity that first these small towers and by extension the power and presence of built those two towers, then worked there and finally took the each person would be forever frozen in time, physically destruction apart beam by beam, and bucketful by bucketful, representing each person, Together all 3022 of them will become agonizingly removing the same 200,000 tons of steel, the 3000 visible physical evidence of the magnitude of the loss to their miles of electrical cable, the 43000 windows, 215,000 square feet families, to the nation and to the world. of glass, 110 floors of concrete, and 104 elevators, that went into its original construction.
The obelisks would be placed in a non-directional manner symbolizing the casual aspect of the interaction that must have The perimeter of the towers is ringed by a set of stairs that allows occurred between each of these people on an everyday basis. At the base to be treated as a podium and allowing an easily made some point in their lives they must have crossed paths inside and transition from the green meadows to the tower base and vice around the buildings without realizing it Now they continue to versa. The footprint area is filled with water, symbol of everlasting casually interact with each other and with those that visit. The life and providing a softer more calming environment for the actual small walkways represent the tight and confusing quarters that all memorial. An orthogonal system who escaped had to navigate as they made their way out of the of narrow walkways is installed recalling the original building devastated structures. But most importantly the sheer magnitude module of 3022 souls will forever be represented by their collective and continuing in concept the grid of the city. The water filled area presence. in between the walkways will become the resting place for obelisks, one for each of the victims of the disaster. These would Each of the water filled areas and obelisks would be lit from below be visually close, so as to be able to read the information upon it, and as such be visible day and night. The two streets would be but physically distant, as in death, to those that approach each extended towards the center of the site where a three-sided one. pyramidal stepped shape would be placed to make the transition between the higher grade and the lower field. The steps would The obelisks would be made out of a natural material, either stone form a seating area for watching the monument and the theatre of or metal, that would weather with time, aging like all of us. Each life around it. Instead of the tragic shock waves that emanated person would be identified by name and age. In addition, from the buildings, the field is now covered with similar bands of indications of their nationality, through the addition of a flag, and plantings and flowers. their birthplace together with a listing of the company they worked for and its location within the towers would be indicated. Given the At every step during the planning and design of the memorial, nature of the attack, the religious affiliation of each individual each of the obelisks representing the victims would, in some way,
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