On Thursday the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation will announce the winning design to be the basis for reconstruction at the World Trade Center site.
The two finalists, Berlin-based architect Daniel Libeskind and the New York-centered consortium known as Think, have spent the last three weeks revamping their ideas to answer certain concerns of rebuilding officials. The deadline for their final proposals is Tuesday.
Libeskind envisions a spire of “vertical gardens” on the world’s tallest building and the exposed bedrock preserved as a memorial space, while the THINK plan calls for a twin lattice-work towers built over the so-called footprints of the twin towers and embedded with cultural venues.
Both Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Governor George Pataki are said to be leaning towards Libeskind’s structure, which would rise to a symbolic height of 1,776 feet and direct sunlight on a special space each September 11.
The winning design will become the master land-use plan for the World Trade Center site, subject to revisions as actual construction progresses. A separate design competition, scheduled to be complete by September 11 of this year, will decide the specific shape of a memorial to the victims of the World Trade Center attack.
NY1 will broadcast Thursday’s announcement at the Winter Garden in Lower Manhattan live at 11 a.m.
See more details about the two finalists.