Honor Through Design | The 9/11 Memorial’s Stunning, Reflective Design

Honor Through Design | The 9/11 Memorial’s Stunning, Reflective Design

Out of chaos and terror, one of the most enduring symbols of America’s freedom, honor and values was born. The National 9/11 Memorial and Museum is a stunning work of art and design, crafted with care and remembrance as a lasting reflection of courage and heroism in the face of unspeakable tragedy.

September 11th Memorial and Museum

The National 9/11 Memorial and Museum sits on approximately half of the sixteen acres where the World Trade Center once stood, on Greenwich Street in Lower Manhattan. Flanked on its four sides by 1 WTC, 2 WTC, 3 WTC, 4 WTC and Liberty Park, the 9/11 Memorial exists to provide a solemn reminder of the past, a way to honor lives lost in the present, and sustainable, green design for the future.

New York - National September 11 Memorial South Pool - April 2012 - 9693C

The 9/11 Memorial’s design was crafted by Michael Arad (architect) and Peter Walker (landscape architect), and chosen out of a pool of over 5,200 entries from designers in 63 nations. Arad and Walker’s design was chosen for its careful blend of sustainable green design, aesthetic beauty, and its capability to properly display and honor the names of those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.

The National 9/11 Memorial is a wonder of sustainable, green design, and remains one of the finest eco-friendly public spaces in the world today. The Memorial Glade, flanked by swamp white oak trees, is a stunning area for reflection and contemplation. The grounds are also sustained by state-of-the-art storm water collection and irrigation systems. From the official 9/11 Memorial website:

Rainwater will be collected in storage tanks below the plaza surface. A majority of the daily and monthly irrigation requirements will be met by the harvested water.

The project is pursuing the Gold certification in the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for New Construction program. LEED is a third party certification program for green building, design and construction. The plaza is also built to meet requirements of New York State Executive Order 111 and the WTC Sustainable Design Guidelines, which both promote environment-friendly practices.

The Memorial is perhaps most notable for its massive waterfalls and reflecting pools, each sitting in the footprints of the original World Trade Center buildings. The twin reflecting pools sit at the base of the largest man-made waterfalls in North America, and each spans nearly an acre.

Flight 11 section, 9-11 Memorial - Flickr - skinnylawyer

Those familiar with history will remember the “precursor” 1993 attack on the World Trade Center, and the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum’s designers were careful to include the victims of that tragedy in their remembrances. The names of all those lost in the 1993 WTC attack, the 2001 World Trade Center bombing, the attacks in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, and the Pentagon are listed in enduring inscriptions on bronze panels around the edges of the two memorial pools.

Perhaps the most poignant natural feature of the 9/11 Memorial is the Survivor Tree, a Callery pear tree that survived at the site of the 9/11/2001 attack. After being rehabilitated by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, the Survivor Tree was re-planted at the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum, where it stands as a living monument to endurance, life and resolve.

The National 9/11 Memorial and Museum is dependent on your tax-deductible donations. Please consider a donation, a sponsorship of a paver or cobblestone, or any amount you are able to give so that this stunning example of honor and remembrance in design lives on for future generations to visit.

The Designer Showhouse of New Jersey: Oct. 4 to Nov. 12, 2017

The Designer Showhouse of New Jersey: Oct. 4 to Nov. 12, 2017

This is going to be gorgeous.

The 9th Designer Showhouse of New Jersey will take place at 46 Westerly Road in Saddle River, New Jersey. The 2017 Showhouse will feature the newest trends in interior design, presented by more than 20 accomplished designers, landscape architects and decorative artists. Hailing from New Jersey and New York City, these highly talented and innovative individuals will transform the Showhouse and property into a sensational experience for all who attend.” (source)

The 2017 Designer Showhouse of New Jersey in Saddle River, NJ.
The 2017 Designer Showhouse of New Jersey in Saddle River, NJ.

The Designer Showhouse of New Jersey is presented by Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation and benefits the Department of Patient Care: Patient Experience at Hackensack University Medical Center.

In other words, we’re seeing beautiful design for a great cause? Sign us up!

The showhouse opens to the public on October 4th through November 12th, 2017. Notable design sponsors of the 2017 Showhouse include Peter Salerno Inc. and Diane Boyer Interiors, as well as Wostbrock Home. Peter Salerno Inc. will be present within the Showhouse during the weekdays of the event, and Diane Boyer Interiors is responsible for the lovely staging of the exhibit.

Local designers are responsible for all the room designs in the 2017 Designer Showhouse of New Jersey. Peter Salerno Inc. brings their award-winning custom design experience to the Showhouse kitchen, desk area, butler’s pantry and all bathrooms in the exhibit. Diane Durocher of Diane Durocher Interiors is responsible for room design as well.

The 2017 Designer Showhouse of New Jersey opens October 3, 2017.
The 2017 Designer Showhouse of New Jersey opens October 3, 2017.

Peter Salerno Inc.’s Showhouse kitchen design features a backsplash from Stratta, the Tile Boutique, as well as appliances from Oberg & Lindquist.

There will be a special Preview Party held on October 3, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. at the venue in Saddle River, New Jersey. After the Preview Party, the Showhouse will remain open to the public.

From October 4 to November 12, 2017, the Designer Showhouse of New Jersey will be open to the public Tuesdays through Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (The exhibit is closed Mondays.)

For more information on this world-class design event, please call 551.996.3252 or visit the official 2017 Designer Showhouse of New Jersey website.