I was lucky enough to get to travel to the East coast this last week and see some truly spectacular sights. My family and I got to relax and take in a lot of the Pennsylvania countryside, New Jersey and Manhattan, NY. One of my most touching moments of the trip was being able to visit the 9/11 memorial site with my husband and daughter.
With a background in architecture, I must say I found the memorial to be beautifully laid out. The reflecting pools were amazing. They are made up of giant waterfalls plummeting into pools that enclose the footprint of each of the original towers. It is hard to imagine that anything would be able to properly memorialize the tragedy of 9/11 but I feel that the pools are understated enough that they provide a sense of peace but also a sense of gravity of the tragedy that our country has endured.
It is absolutely overwhelming looking into the reflecting pools and brushing your hand over the thousands of names that are inscribed on the outer rim of the pool. In all, I felt the architecture evoked a sense of thoughtfulness, a slowing of time and activity amidst the great city which is probably the only thing we could hope for to memorialize such a horrific scene in our American tapestry.
Though the 1 WTC (1 World Trade Center or the Freedom Tower) and the 9/11 memorial museum are not open yet, I think the architecture compliments and does not detract from the beautiful memorial reflecting pools. The tower stands as a beacon of hope for the future, of strength and endurance of Americans but yet is light and graceful and does not detract from the sacred memorial site. For more information on the tower and its current construction please see this informative site 1 World Trade Center