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Memorial garden marks decade since 9/11 tragedy

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A memorial garden, dedicated to the 2,753 people who died in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, will open on Sunday, 10 years after the towers were destroyed

A water feature, designed by Michael Arad of Handel Architects and landscape designer Peter Walker, forms the centrepiece of Daniel Libeskind’s 6.5-hectare masterplan for the Lower Manhattan site.

Libeskind’s original plan included skyscrapers by SOM, KPF, Foster + Partners, Richard Rogers and Fumihiko Maki, arranged around the former base of the twin towers.

Both Foster’s and Rogers’ towers have reached the ‘Slab on Grade’ stage, although Rogers’ 80-storey Tower 3 remains on indefinite hold after UBS pulled out of tenancy negotiations.

The tallest tower planned is SOM’s One World Trade Center at 541 metres, now with its facade installed on 38 of 70 storeys.

View of Manhattan with proposed World Trade Centre skyline. Illustration by dbox, courtesy Silverstein Properties

Source: Illustration by dbox, courtesy Silverstein Properties

View of Manhattan with proposed World Trade Centre skyline. Illustration by dbox, courtesy Silverstein Properties

 

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