Studio ST Architects | Hoboken 9/11 Memorial
In our entry for the invited competition to create the Hoboken 9/11 Memorial we sought to bring back the moment of intense connection between the Hoboken pier and the Manhattan skyline. We proposed that a narrow stream of water would flow along the southern edge of the pier from the city of Hoboken towards the Hudson. The handrail gradually widens as the water traverses the length of the pier, guiding the visitor to the waterfront edge. At the end of the pier, the stream fans out into a still reflecting pool. The Manhattan skyline is reflected on the surface of the water, conveying both the glory of the human endeavor and the place of the fallen towers. The memorial acts as a symbolic object and a device for personal visual and emotional reflection.
Engraved on the stone beneath the shallow water are the names of the September 11th victims who lived in Hoboken. As the viewer turns toward the site of the World Trade Center, the names gradually blend with the reflection of the skyline. The water, flush with the edge of the pool, slowly flows over the pool’s edge passing over the victims’ names, symbolizing the cycle of life and renewal. As the sky darkens and the skyline lights up at sunset, a series of computer-controlled lights placed under the water illuminate. The lights pulsate according to specific patters to commemorate special moments. They change in intensity and pace and are organized on a matrix bounded by the names of the victims and the years of their births. The memorial is therefore active at night, extending the effect of public remembering in an unprecedented way. The memorial establishes a dialogue between the natural and the artificial, the permanent and the ephemeral, the organic and the electronic. Our proposal is a composite device that combines the permanence of a traditional memorial with elements that acknowledge the individuality of the victims, the community of Hoboken and the evolution of the surrounding environment, technology and society.
Location: Hoboken, New Jersey, USA Architect: Studio ST Architects
Date: September 2003
Client:The City of Hoboken, Invited Competition
Cost: 2,000,000 $
Design team: dZO, Esther Sperber, Diego Rosales