Snohetta has designed a pavilion that marks the entrance to the memorial museum at the World Trade Centre site in New York.
Designed in memory of the victims of the 9/11 attacks, the National September 11 Memorial Museum is the only building on the memorial plaza.
New York-based studio Davis Brody Bond set the museum beneath the surface of the plaza so that it emerged above in only one place with Snohetta’s glass pavilion. It will be located between the two memorial foundations designed by architect Michael Arad and landscape architect Peter Walker.
The project is conceived as a “bridge between two worlds”, providing an entrance to the museums subterranean exhibition spaces.
Architect and studio founder, Craig Dykers said: “”Our desire is to allow visitors to find a place that is a naturally occurring threshold between the everyday life of the city and the uniquely spiritual quality of the memorial.”
“It is important that people physically engage with the building and feel that it helps lead them on to other areas of the site and other thoughts about their experiences there.”
The exterior of the pavilion is made up of a mixture of transparent, reflective and striped surfaces, designed to encourage people to touch and gaze into the building, in addition to mirroring the changing seasons.
Behind the glass, the architects have installed a pair of structural columns rescued from the remains of the twin towers.