Arad, Dykers and Libeskind - 3 world-renowned architects that have huge fingerprints on Ground Zero, speaks emotionally about where they were on the day of the September 11 attacks.
"I felt the best and the worst of humanity that day", Craig Dykers
"Being in New York that day, and witnessing the attacks and witnessing the way New Yorkers responded, was respondsable for my reaction and my need to find a way to express myself", Michael Arad
"I remember when I saw those images in our studio in Berlin. I said, I'm returning to New York. I am going to Manhattan. I have no idea why I said it. I am returning to New York. That was it", Daniel Libeskind
Michael Arad - designer of the World Trade Center Memorial; titled Reflecting Absence.
Arad is an Israeli-American architect who is best known for being the designer of the World Trade Center Memorial.
He won the competition to design the memorial in 2004.
Arad is a partner at Handel Architects, which has offices in New York and San Francisco.
9/11 Memorial commemorate the September 11, 2001 attacks, which killed 2,977 victims. The memorial is located at the World Trade Center site, the former location of theTwin Towers, which were destroyed during the September 11 attacks.
Unidentified human remains recovered from the World Trade Center site would be interred at the bottom of the north tower footprint at the site's deepest point, 70 feet underground. At street level, with the help of landscape architect Peter Walker, Arad proposed a cobblestone plaza with moss and grass and planted with eastern white pine trees.
"This design proposes a space that resonates with the feelings of loss and absence that were generated by the death and destruction at the World Trade Center," Arad said in the statement.
The World Trade Center Memorial opened to the public for the first time on September 11, 2011.
Craig Dykers - architect of The Memorial Museum’s Pavilion
Dykers is an American architect and founding partner of the architecture firm, Snøhetta.
In 2004, Snøhetta was commissioned to design the only building on the memorial plaza. In the years since, the program has changed several times, however it has remained a cultural facility dedicated to visitor comfort and orientation. The design for the building embodies a careful reaction to the horizontal character of the memorial plaza’s design, while also providing the area with a lively organic form that allows the visitor to imagine the site and city in a broader sense.
According to Craig Dykers, “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 Pavilion and Museum opened to the public for the first time on May 21, 2014.
Daniel Libeskind - master plan architect for the reconstruction of the World Trade Center site
Libeskind is a Polish-American architect, artist and professor.
After the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, many architects submitted plans for reconstruction on Ground Zero in New York City. After heated discussion, judges selected the proposal submitted by Daniel Libeskind's firm, Studio Libeskind.
Daniel Libeskind | filmed by Out of Sync | NYC April 2014
Michael Arad | filmed by Out of Sync | NYC April 2014
Craig Dykers | filmed by Out of Sync | NYC May 2014
Interview | Jesper Bundgaard
Camera and edit | Per Henriksen
Producer | Out of Sync
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