The National September 11 Memorial Museum serves as the country’s principal institution for examining the implications of the events of 9/11, documenting the impact of those events and exploring the continuing significance of September 11, 2001.
The Museum’s 110,000 square feet of exhibition space is located within the archaeological heart of the World Trade Center site—telling the story of 9/11 through multimedia displays, archives, narratives and a collection of monumental and authentic artifacts. The lives of every victim of the 2001 and 1993 attacks will be commemorated as visitors have the opportunity to learn about the men, women, and children who died.
The monumental artifacts of the Museum provide a link to the events of 9/11, while presenting intimate stories of loss, compassion, reckoning, and recovery that are central to telling the story of the attacks and the aftermath.
The masterplan of Ground Zero was developed by Studio Daniel Libeskind, while Davis Brody Bond, or DBB, is the lead architect of the belowground Memorial Museum. DBB worked with the design team of Michael Arad and Peter Walker in the realization of the design for the Memorial.
DBB, which has practiced in New York City for more than forty years, has an outstanding reputation earned on such notable New York City projects as Lincoln Center, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, the Apollo Theater Foundation, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Whitney Museum. DBB`s work has also included important public memorial complexes such as the Martin Luther King Jr. Center in Atlanta and the Civil Rights Institute in Birmingham, Alabama.
The firm also has a long history and familiarity with the World Trade Center site. The firm, located in Lower Manhattan, employs approximately 90 people and is led by five partners. Davis Brody Bond has won numerous awards, including an Honor Award from the American Institute of Architects in 2015, Best of the Year Award by Interior Design Magazine in 2014, and multiple AIA New York State Design Awards.
The Memorial Museum’s Pavilion serves as the primary entryway to the Museum and was designed by SNØHETTA, an international architecture, landscape, interiors and graphic design studio with offices in New York City, San Francisco and Oslo, Norway. Craig Dykers, a founding partner of the company served as the Executive Architect for the work. SNØHETTA is most known for its completion of the Alexandria Library in Egypt and the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet in Oslo, Norway. Recently, the office has been commissioned to complete the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the reconstruction of Times Square in New York City and the museum for the historic cave paintings in Lascaux, France.
SNØHETTA has won numerous international awards, including the Mies van der Rohe European Prize for Architecture, the Aga Kahn Prize and has twice won the World Architecture Award for Best Cultural Building. Their work is characterized as having a presence that resonates with its surrounding context.
Text provided by the 9/11 Memorial website.