Upon returning from the 9/11 Memorial in New York City, a colleague stated that she found the design dismal. I responded, “Maybe that is the point.”
The National September 11 Memorial & Museum is not exultant. It does not elate. As commemoration, the architecture honors the lives lost through acknowledging grief and pain. Through such, comes healing and the succinct message, “Never forget.”
In the mainstream of TV shows and magazines, architecture is merely thought of as designing homes. And indeed, architecture is a house.
But what can it house?
Besides housing families, architecture can collect memories, it can store beliefs, and it can sustain faith.