Norwegian firm to design WTC museum
The museum is a part of a new cultural center, which will be located on the lot where the Twin Towers once stood. The rest of the cultural center will be designed by Gehry Partners.
«We have been through some successful processes before, but this is extraordinary,» said Kjetil Trædal Thorsen at Snøhetta, to TV 2.
New York City Mayor Michael M. Bloomberg was pleased and praised the project.
«The selection of these architects has been yet another milepost in the development of lower Manhattan,» said Bloomberg in a comment at the homepages of Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, the agency responsible for the development of the area.
Governor George E. Pataki is also positive.
«To build a culture center in the heart of Manhattan is a cornerstone in the development of the lower parts of downtown, and a proper tribute to the heroes we lost. These dynamic architects will design a suitable home for world class cultural institutions which will be located at the former World Trade Center,» Patak said.
«This comes as a surprise to us,» said Ole Gustavsen, general manager at Snøhetta, to the Norwegian news bureau (NTB). «We were informed Tuesday that if we were listed as number one, and that there was going to be a board meeting on Thursday where the final decision would be made. Then they released a press release Tuesday evening where they confirmed that we had been awarded the project.»
First US project
The new culture center will consist of buildings which will present dance, theatre, a museum, and art. The architect firm Gehry Partners is going to draw the new Joyce Theatre and the theatre center Signature Theatre Center. Snøhettas project includes the Drawing Center and the International Freedom Center.
«We have been very close to winning projects in the US before, so now when we've finally got one, it is really wonderful that it is this project,» Gustavsen said.
Not a single sketch
Snøhetta was awarded the project without ever having delivered any concrete sketches or drawings, but drawings are supposed to be ready as early as next year.
«This has been an interview competition, we have only talked and talked, not delivered a single sketch,» Gustavsen said.
The preliminary project is supposed to be ready as early as February, and Snøhetta is sending off more people to NYC as early as Monday to start the work.
Snøhettas suggestion «Reflecting Absence» was one of the six finalists the committee had to decide between. A total of 60 suggestions were evaluated in the competition.
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