Memorial to remember and honor the victims of the terrorist attacks of Feb 26, 1993 and September 11, 2001.

Strawn + Sierralta was named as 1 of 8 finalists from 5,201 entries in the largest architecture and design competition ever held. "Dual Memory" has been featured in exhibitions at the World Financial Center, the Graham Foundation and the Chicago Architecture Foundation. It has been widely published, including in the National Geographic's "A Place of Remembrance", Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, USA Today, The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Life, Architectural Record and Metropolis.

Memory is experienced from two points of view: from that of an individual and from that of a collective community. These memories change with time and people need to be able to respond to this evolving condition.


Dual Memory is an interactive memorial composed by two pavilions, one dedicated to the individual memory, honoring the 2,982 victims; and the other dedicated to the collective memory, where 92 countries are united in their loss.



DIGITAL (Ephemeral)

The North Footprint, dedicated to Individual Memory, is composed of a plane of water, 2,982 light portals, water walls and a private space at bedrock. The elements of water embrace and reflect memories related to the victims lost, those who survived and the selfless actions of those who aided in rescue, recovery and healing.

Loved ones can personally curate content,  directly sharing their stories with memorial visitors.


PHYSICAL (Tangible)

This space is devoted to the shared loss of a community, a city, a country and the world as a whole. The Sugar Maples, native to the state of New York, grow in the soil of the 92 countries that suffered in the great loss. They stand as a symbol of re-growth and new life.

The garden, embraced by messages of hope, holds a quiet lawn that hosts revolving art installations from the 92 directly affected countries.

Richard A. Pecorella, 51, a Wall Street managing director who was to marry Karen S. Juday, who perished at Cantor Fitzgerald, said he liked the Dual Memory entry. ''The projected images of the victims are nicer than engraved names,'' he said, ''and will put a face on these real people who died.''

The New York Times
"8 Designs Confront Many Agendas at Ground Zero"
By Glenn Collins



Design: Strawn+Sierralta

Structural Consultant: Louis Shell Structures

Lighting Consultant: Schuler Shook

Model Fabrication: Model Options

Visualizations: Vertex Graphics



Paula Grant Berry, 9/11 Memorial board member, whose husband, died in 2001 attacks
Susan K. Freedman, president of the Public Art Fund
Vartan Gregorian, president of the Carnegie Corporation of New York
Patricia Harris, first deputy mayor of New York City
Maya Lin, world-renowned architect of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington
Michael McKeon, former communications director for Gov. George Pataki of New York
Julie Menin, chairperson of Community Board 1 in lower Manhattan
Enrique Norten, Mexican architect and principal of the design firm TEN Arquitectos
Martin Puryear, acclaimed American sculptor
Nancy Rosen, public art pioneer
Lowery Stokes Sims, curator of Museum of Arts and Design
Michael Van Valkenburgh, New York City landscape artist
James E. Young, professor at the University of Massachusetts