Steven Davis & Carl Krebs
Silent Auction: 2012
Conceptual design model, 2005
Plaster, aluminum, and wood
10 1/2 x 10 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches
Courtesy of Davis Brody Bond, Architects, New York
Estimated retail value: $2,000
Starting bid at auction: $1,500
About the artists:
Steven Davis and Carl Krebs are the architects leading the design of the National September 11 Memorial Museum at the World Trade Center site, a museum that incorporates the in-situ remains of the twin towers and major artifacts recovered at the site. With their office, Davis Brody Bond Architects, they are responsible for many significant cultural and civic projects across the US and abroad.
About the work:
This model is an early study for the Memorial Museum, which is located beneath the plaza at the bedrock level of the World Trade Center site. The museum is built amidst the foundations of the original twin towers and incorporates many of the site’s historic resources, including the Slurry Wall and Survivor’s Stair.
The model expresses the concept of the design, the definition of the original tower volumes within the space, the surrounding shell formed by the retaining walls of the original excavation, and the insertion of the “ribbon,” a gently sloping ramp that leads down from the plaza to bedrock seventy feet below.