The National September 11 Memorial Museum in New York City encloses 110,000 square feet of publicly accessible space that memorializes and interprets the events of September 11, 2001, within the original foundations of the original World Trade Center. New York–based Davis Brody Bond’s design was driven by four principles: memory, authenticity, scale, and emotion. Existing artifacts, including the tower footprints, slurry wall, and exposed foundations are preserved in their raw state, juxtaposed with an inserted concrete architecture that’s denoted by polished, refined finishes. Intricate detailing carefully delineates the new from the old, recognizing that the 9/11 museum is unlike a typical museum. Rather than being an iconic container for exhibits, this museum is an iconic artifact in and of itself.
See all of the winners of ARCHITECT's 2014 Annual Design Review here.