Lastest 9/11 Memorial Design Merges Old and New

9 September 2008 (Last Updated September 9th, 2008 18:30)

US architect Craig Dykers, in charge of the design of a museum for the World Trade Centre site in New York, has chosen a 45-year-old design to inspire his creation. According to the New York Times, Dykers is using the 'powerful' designs from the original Minoru Yamasaki designed t

US architect Craig Dykers, in charge of the design of a museum for the World Trade Centre site in New York, has chosen a 45-year-old design to inspire his creation.

According to the New York Times, Dykers is using the 'powerful' designs from the original Minoru Yamasaki designed towers, one of several ideas for a cultural building at the site of ground zero.

Yamasaki, the original architect of the twin towers, used trident shaped columns at the base of the buildings. Many of these enormous steel tridents survived the terrorist attack of 11 September, 2001, their silhouettes coming to symbolise emergence from catastrophe, the New York Times writes.

Two surviving tridents from the north tower, each almost 90ft tall, will return to ground zero to be incorporated in the atrium of the museum pavilion designed by Dykers and his firm Snøhetta, based in Oslo and New York.

According to the firm, their presence is meant to 'convey strength, fortitude, resilience, survival and hope'.

The pavilion will serve as the entrance to the subterranean exhibition galleries of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Centre.

The designs were unveiled at a news conference, on the approach to seventh anniversary of 9/11. The museum is set to open in 2012, a year after the memorial plaza is ready for visitors, on 11 September 2011.

By staff writer.