of the 7th Proposal:
Click on any
imageor name to visit pages for each building.
structure of Victory Plaza consists of four components: three towers,
which rise from a 10-story platform, housing commercial and residential
The total height of the central tower, known as Premier(1),
is 85 stories. It sits at the apex of its triangular base. The
first visible shape at the front of the building is a soaring
obelisk of steel and glass, flanked on both sides by progressively
wider, lateral extensions from a central spine.
Flanking the tower Premier are the winged towers, known
as Impetrate(2)I and Impetrate II. They sit at
the corners of the triangular base and raise a total of 65 stories
of steel and glass.
residential and commercial triangular platform of Victory
Plaza is known as the Masora(3), and is constructed
from concrete, steel and glass. The sides of the triangular
base, which are residential, are tiered into a gradual slope
with terraces overlooking the park and grounds. An interior
5-story glass-topped atrium is entered from ground level.
Plaza(4) is a powerful, glass and steel, 60-story office, commercial
center, and hotel complex on a 5-story triangular base overlooking
the Memorial Gardens of the World Trade Center Site.
Exposition and Center - Rally Center
fanciful, double-shelled building, known as Rally(5)Center,
is made of concrete, mosaic, steel and glass with a theater, painting
and sculpture gallery, meeting rooms, offices for childrenŐs services,
and a creative expression learning center where the worldŐs artists
will be invited to display, teach and inspire. Rally Center will
produce childrenŐs videos, TV shows and theatrical productions as
a catalyst for the imagination for children of all ages.
graceful, glass atrium bridge, known as Mesne(6)Memorial Bridge,
spanning the distance between the lakes that cover the footprints
of the original twin towers. The bridge contains botanical gardens
with plants from the 55 countries of the people who died in the
Twin Towers Lakes
footprints of the twin towers are square, shallow lakes with a
circular, stepped down base on which stands a small pyramid, from
which water flows gently down to reflecting pools in the corners.
Granite seating marks the outline of each tower.
large, stained glass ring hovers above each lake. The Rings of
Life form a halo over the Twin Towers Lakes, and each ring is
twenty-two feet in diameter, containing 2800 pieces of colored
glass. They stand on cement pylons, hidden by the arched rings,
and the metal structure holding the glass contains laser lights,
which move upward or inward to the center to meet the light emanating
from the pyramid. Twelve-foot tall pillars mark the corners of
the lakes. Each pillar contains laser lights that move upward
to form the design of the original towers.
Chapel - Chapel of Wings
Memorial Chapel, known as the Chapel of Wings, is a blue and violet
glass building, in the shape of two, giant, stylized, opening wings.
Stained glass designs decorate the front with a dove flying through
a three dimensional hologram with streams of light and on the back
of the Chapel is the sign of infinity out of which grows the tree
of life, topped by the dove, the bird of peace.
circular maze with low shrubbery and flowers stands between the
bridge and Chapel of Wings. It contains The Ring of Names, a bronze
ring with the names, dates and country flags of each person lost
on 9/11. In the center of this bronze ring is a fountain, centered
by a large, glass, planetary globe, turning on hydraulic water pressure.
river is continuously moving between and around buildings, falling
from buildings, cascades, which form pools, basins, fountains, which
then circulate through out the site. The River of Names,
dotted with lakes and bridges, meanders from the Marriott Hotel
to where the waterfall flows into a pool behind Rally Center,
ChildrenŐs Expo and Creative Center. It continues under the
Memorial Bridge and out to the Twin Tower Lakes, then
under and up into the fountain of the Maze of Memories. The
River of Names forms the lake around the Chapel of Wings,
flows underground and appears again in the Atrium of Victory
Plaza and in the fountains of Freedom Plaza and the Memorial
Trade Center Memorial Museum
Memorial Museum will house the architectural records of the buildings
and the terrible event that occurred on September 11, 2001. The
museum will include photo histories of the heroes, the survivors,
and those who perished. A theatre will show a memorial film, which
will serve as a remembrance for all future generations. Family and
friends may honor their loved ones in a beautiful, atrium mausoleum
will serve as a resting place for those lost.
the Marriott Hotel that stood near the World Trade Center is a newly
designed architectural statement that adds to the harmonics of the
site. The structure moves energy out and around the site in a fluid,
Amphitheatre in the Park
small amphitheatre nestles in the park grounds near the Marriott
Hotel and in the grove by the River of Names.
electric cart and bicycle pathways wind their way through throughout
the grounds of the World Trade Center Site, which is adorned with
fountains and statues in the midst of gardens of flowers and stands
In order to
name the buildings of the 7th Proposal, John randomly opened the
dictionary, asking for the name of each structure. These were
Tower at Victory Plaza - Premier: The first; chief; principal
Buildings at Victory Plaza - Impetrate: To obtain by prayer
3. Base of
Victory Plaza - Masora: The great traditional body of Biblical
Plaza - Words supporting from dictionary: "Ware" and "Preserve."
Exposition and Learning Center - Rally: To reform ourselves
for a fresh effort, to reunite, to recover our strength and arouse
Bridge - Mesne: (pronounced "men") means the intervening
middle. (A lord who hold the land of a superior and grants part
of it to another person.)
completing the descriptions of the buildings, we
returned to this very large dictionary, opened the page, and with
closed eyes pointed to:
of great men all remind us
make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time.
Wadsworth Longfellow, A Psalm of Life