Architectural studio Snøhetta designed the entrance pavilion of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. The pavilion is the only building standing above Memorial Plaza, amidst the fountains designed by architect Michael Arad and landscape architect Peter Walker which occupy the site where the Twin Towers once stood.
The prevalently horizontal, low shape of Snøhetta’s building becomes a bridge between two worlds. Its transparent inclined reflective surfaces are an invitation to peek into the building and to go inside, accompanying visitors on a top-down route, from light to darkness, from chaotic everyday life to a progressive interior gathering around the memory of what was. In the atrium two original pillars from the twin towers, no longer in their original position, offer the first testimony of the tragic events of September 11 2001.
Snøhetta has given architectural form to a spiritual path while at the same time solving the practical problem of how to overcome the existing difference in level to get from Memorial Plaza to the underground museum designed by architect Davis Brody Bond with exhibition installations by Thinc, Local Projects and Layman Design studios.