National September 11 Memorial Museum
Renderings courtesy of National September 11 Memorial Museum
National September 11 Memorial Museum
Sep 22, 2011 Work progresses on the National September 11 Memorial Museum
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National September 11 Memorial Museum_01 The World Trade Center site, looking north, as seen this August. The National September 11 Memorial incorporates the original tower footprints, which are surrounded by Swamp White Oak trees. The National September 11 Memorial Museum (previewed on these pages) is being built entirely underground beneath the tower footprints. The museum’s entry pavilion (angular building in center of picture) was designed by Norwegian architecture firm Snøhetta. One World Trade Center (under construction to the left) is planned to rise 105 stories, making it the tallest building on the site. At press time, steel had reached the 78th floor and the glass curtain wall had been installed up to the 50th floor. Four World Trade Center (under construction to the right) was designed by Fumihiko Maki. The excavated area in the foreground is the site of the former Deutsche Bank Building.
National September 11 Memorial Museum_02 The section drawing, which has the same orientation as the photo in the previous slide, shows the museum’s main spaces. After entering the pavilion designed by Snøhetta, visitors will descend to a series of ramps that include  an introductory exhibition. At the bedrock level, the footprints of the original towers will be clearly demarcated, and artifacts will be displayed.

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National September 11 Memorial Museum_03 Overlook Level. Renderings courtesy of National September 11 Memorial Museum.
National September 11 Memorial Museum_04 Bedrock Level. Renderings courtesy of National September 11 Memorial Museum.
National September 11 Memorial Museum_05 The exhibits will include examples of the mementos from the days after 9/11 in New York.
National September 11 Memorial Museum_06 Portions of steel from the original towers, and other artifacts related to aftermath and recovery, will be showcased. A portion of the original 60-foot-tall slurry wall (bottom), which was critical for keeping water out of the site, will be intact and visible.
National September 11 Memorial Museum_07 The original steel column bases of the towers will be visible in the floor (left) and aluminum-clad cubic forms overhead will demarcate the original tower locations. In the memorial exhibit, photos of the victims will line walls (right).
National September 11 Memorial Museum_08 Antoher image of the photo wall.
National September 11 Memorial Museum_09 A quiet seating space allows for remembrance and respite.
National September 11 Memorial Museum_10 The Last Column (center) is covered with messages from construction workers on the Ground Zero site.