the southern footprint is a protected and quiet
place, it represents the PAST. the centerpiece is a sculpture formed
by columns and pylons of concrete, steel and light. these structures
bear the names of all the victims of September 11th 2001 and February
26th 1993. the platform across serves as an area exclusively for friends
and families. the surrounding areas give space for quiet contemplation.
the final resting place for the unidentified remains is located in
the southern tip of the footprint only to be seen through the glass
the area of the PRESENT provides places to gather, communicate and
celebrate for the visitors as well as for the community of Lower Manhattan.
there are more quiet spaces adjacent to the footprints and the slurry
wall that remind of the structures of the World Trade Center.
the platform of the northern tower is an exposed and lively area in
front of the waterfall and thus serving as the space for the FUTURE.
the centerpiece is a sculpture open to the public. the use of the
different spaces is not predefined. they are meant to walk in, walk
through or just dwell.
the sculptures of the memorial site are inspired by the skyline of
New York City and the values it stands for - democracy, diversity
and ingenuity. these ideals existed in the PAST and will live in the
FUTURE. the materials are the building blocks of the city: steel,
concrete and light. the illumination makes the sculptures and footprints
recognizable day and night.