“Tower of Voices” memorial will honor those lost on 9/11’s Flight 93

Dubbed The Tower of Voices and designed by Paul Murdoch Architects,  the tower will feature 40 wind chimes suspended by corbels (one for each individual lost) cast into a concrete tower. Notably, this will be the first major vertical element in an existing, expansive memorial that is almost entirely flat. The rest of the site, a bowl-like earthwork designed by Paul Murdoch Architects and Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects in 2005, is nearly three times the size of Central Park and was designed to encourage contemplation through subtle alterations and restoration of the site’s existing landscape – an old growth field and adjacent wetland. Arup is providing engineering and design consulting to simulate a 3D soundscape of the acoustic experience.
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Glass talks to architect Paul Murdoch about his Flight 93 Memorial

Out of all these entries, it was Paul Murdoch Architects – a California-based architecture practice who pride themselves in their poetic approach to sustainable architecture and their mission to shape new activities and experiences for people – who stood apart and won the competition. Subsequently teaming up with landscape architecture firm Nelson Byrd Woltz, Paul Murdoch’s design preserved the crash site as the central focus of the memorial, going against the creation of a monument on the site.
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Powerful September 11 Memorials Around the World

A memorial is one of the most challenging and meaningful projects an architect or designer can take on. It must be solemn but hopeful, visually impactful but respectful. Following the tragic events of September 11, 2001, many cities, both in the U.S. and abroad, have built memorials to the victims, survivors, and first responders. These symbolic designs were often years in the making, and many have faced controversy and criticism. In honor of the 16th anniversary of 9/11, AD has gathered beautifully designed tributes from New York to Italy. Conceived by some of the world’s leading architects, artists, and landscape designers, each of these moving memorials is a powerful remembrance of one of America’s darkest days.
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Venture Capital Office Headquarters shortlisted for the 2014 WAN Commercial Award

The office headquarters for a venture capital firm focused on clean technologies is located on Sand Hill Road in Silicon Valley, occupying some of the most expensive real estate in North America. Wood, steel and concrete finishes are used to express both the firm’s sophistication and to create a warm, understated office environment, while interior color accents embody the company’s bold entrepreneurship. Although well located for a venture firm, the site’s configuration presented several challenges.
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To Achieve a Seamless Transition From the Outside-In, Only Wood Will Do

“This is a very hi-end and high-pressure corporate culture,” says Paul Murdoch, president of the firm. “We knew we needed to create a warm environment. We also needed to provide flexibility regarding the interior spaces. The building has to function as temporary office space for the start-ups being incubated within. And finally, we needed to accomplish this on a very tight piece of property with zoning restrictions.”
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‘More Powerful’: Leaders Say New Center Will Enhance Flight 93 Experience

For most, a visit to the Flight 93 National Memorial now is an emotional experience.
But when the Flight 93 Visitor Center Complex is completed this year, organizers said, meaningful context should deepen that experience, and architectural elements will help visitors absorb the breadth of what happened there.  
Within the complex, at right will be a nondescript building housing the Learning Center – with multipurpose space for group discussions, education and events – and restrooms. To the left, within the memorial walls, will be the Visitor Center.
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