World Trade Center Memorial Competition
Ground Zero, NYC, 2003

The memorial site is defined by the dynamic forms and shapes of Daniel Libeskind’s proposal. Our team has chosen to contrast this dynamism with the most basic geometric forms. The square, the cylinder, the pyramid and the rectangle are the building blocks of our scheme.

The square footprint of the towers; the cylinder containing the unknown remains, The strong structural shape of the pyramid that evokes memory of man’s longest surviving structures, are the built structures to honor the lives of those lost to the terrorist tragedies of January 1993 and September 2001. All of these simple forms are tied together by the rectangular grid. The grid, a reminder of the Manhattan street layout is skewed, broken and extruded as it intersects the physical site and meets the requirements of the program. The interconnections of the above elements create a fabric rich in activity and variety of experiences.

The Cylinder/The North Footprint
The cylindrical form which floats on an island in a reflecting pool, delineates the northern footprint and is the final resting place for the unidentified. Access is afforded by a bridge on an axis connecting the north and south tower footprints.This footprint is surrounded by flags from 90 countries representative of those from around the world who lost their lives in this tragedy.

The Pyramid/The South Footprint
The pyramid form, with it’s continuous exterior winding ramp allows visitors to climb up the pyramid next to a continuous glass slot containing the incised names of all the victims from New York, Virginia and Pennsylvania and the victims of the 1993 terrorist bombing of the World Trade Center. At the top of the ramp the visitor will experience the axis formed by the north and south tower foot prints. The view is of the surviving sculpture atop the cylindrical structure containing the unknown remains. During the day the reflective quality of this glass strip will play with the daylight and it’s fiber optic edge will illuminate it by night. This continuous wall is meant to be a celebration of life with each victim’s birthday being illuminated by a secondary fiber optic color, Each day this random illumination would invite visitors and those who celebrate their own day of birth to pay tribute to those who lost their life on 9/11. The interior of the pyramid provides informal nondenominational space for families of loved ones of victims. The daylight filtering through the continuous glass slot upon which the names of the heroes are incised will provide an endless variety of sunlight and shadow across the interior’s floors and walls. Within the pyramid interior moveable seating will suggest an informal environment for different size family groups. Computer terminals will be installed so that visitors may record days they visited, events that have occurred in their lives, milestones of their loved ones.

pathway_030624The Park/ Walkways
The main path of the park’s eight blocks of trees and greenery is flanked by eight sloped walls of glass incised with the names of groups who supported us in our darkest hours—over these walls cascade a thin veil of flowing water.
The glass is back lit to create glowing panels after dark. The eight groupings known as The Deeds of the Brave—would include,Fire Department/NYC & Port Authority; Police Department EMS Workers, Construction Workers, Engineers; Recovery TechniciansMedical Examiners, Psychologists, Relief Organizations, Volunteers & All survivors (WTC & Pentagon).

Competitier: William M Cohen
Team: Miram Berman & Bohyung Lee_Graphic Design, Sondra Miller, Myoung Su Kim, Young Kim

WTC Memorial Competition Exhibition