WTC memorial opens in New York

13 September 2011 (Last Updated September 13th, 2011 18:30)

A new memorial built for the victims of the 11 September 2001 attacks has opened in New York City. The memorial, titled Reflecting Absence, comprises two reflecting pools that occupy the site where the World Trade Center's Twin Towers once stood. Each pool is fed by

A new memorial built for the victims of the 11 September 2001 attacks has opened in New York City.

The memorial, titled Reflecting Absence, comprises two reflecting pools that occupy the site where the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers once stood.

Each pool is fed by a cascading 30ft waterfall surrounded by bronze panels inscribed with the names of the 2,983 victims from the attacks at the World Trade Center.

Architect Michael Arad and landscape architect Peter Walker who created the memorial design were selected from a global design competition that included more than 5,200 entries from 63 nations.

The memorial has been built at a cost of $700m as a part of the National 11 September Memorial and Museum located on half of the 16-acre World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan.

The museum is due to open by 11 September next year.

Work on the new World Trade Center continues, and is expected to complete in 2013.

The new building will be known as 1 World Trade Center and will have 81 floors rising 1,368ft with a spire reaching to 1,776ft.

The new building will include 2.6 million square feet of office space with a grand lobby that features 65ft-high ceilings.