9/11 Tribute Museum
Originally opened in 2006 directly across from the Memorial Plaza at World Trade Center, the 9/11 Tribute Museum (formerly the 9/11 Tribute Center and Tribute WTC) offers visitors a place to remember the stories and events of September 11, 2001 through an interpretive exhibit of personal stories and artifacts. In order to expand its mission and scope, the museum was relocated a short walking distance to a new site at 92 Greenwich Street. The new facility co-locates formerly disparate departments, offering a central location for the outreach and fundraising efforts for the September 11th Families' Association. Huntsman served as Architect of Record (AOR), partnering with exhibit and graphic designer, Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership in the design of an inspirational museum and workplace.
The project brief included significant exterior and interior architectural renovations to the existing commercial building, comprised of a new entrance and canopy with prominent signage, the addition of a new stairway and elevator to connect three floors, and the planning and design of the exhibit spaces as well as new offices and a training facility. Huntsman’s in-depth knowledge of city building codes offered the project team substantial value, specifically applied to accommodating a Change of Use from retail, accessibility upgrades, and increased assembly occupant loads. The design team worked closely with the exhibit designer to ensure a fluid and considered circulation path for visitors to experience the museum's interpretive exhibits.
From the museum's new entrance lobby and gift shop on the ground floor, an understated glass and steel stairway leads visitors to the exhibit spaces, which display artifacts and stories from family members, survivors, first responders, recovery workers, and Lower Manhattan residents. Visitors are taken on a journey of moods through the use of color and light with the intent of creating a stronger sense of community. The exhibit is equipped with the latest audio-visual technology to emphasize the storytelling. The adjoining administrative offices and work areas are glass-partitioned and collaborative open workspaces are filled with daylight.
Client Thor Equities
Scope Planning and Design
Size 33,189 square feet
Location New York, NY
Credits Jonathan Wallen