The designers created a viewing wall at Ground Zero, the former site of the World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan. The 13-foot-high wall, the most visited historic site in the U.S., is expected to be in place for the next five to eight years.
To the visiting public, the wall offers safety, accessibility, and sensitivity. To the government agencies charged with the site’s redevelopment, it offers transparency (of process) and flexibility.
The wall is made of a screen-like grid of galvanized steel that allows visitors to see directly into Ground Zero. It supports a series of large, weather-resistant, Fiberglas panels displaying the history of the World Trade Center, the historical context of the site and its place within Lower Manhattan, and a listing of the names of the people who perished in the 9/11 attacks and the earlier attacks in 1993. The modular design is flexible, allowing panels to be added or moved as redevelopment continues.
The wall is not intended to be a memorial, but to offer a place of reflection while a permanent memorial is developed. It presents an appropriate response to a highly emotional subject, with materials and graphics conveying the significance of the site.
Michael Gericke (Principal in Charge), Don Bilodeau The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey Robert I. Davidson, FAIA, Robert Eisenstat, AIA, Russell Kriegel, AIA Voorsanger Architects PC Bartholomew Voorsanger, FAIA
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