World Trade Centre Fountains

The World Trade Centre memorial is dedicated to the victims who lost their lives on 9/11 – the memorial was opened in 2011, on the 10th anniversary of the attack.


Michael Arad is the architect behind the memorial. With him being unable to imagine anything being built on the site again, Arad said he sought solace along the Hudson River. He told his audience, he imagined “two voids tearing open a surface of water and the river failing to fill it up.”


Visitors to the memorial are greeted by sound of water cascading at a rate of 24,000 gallons per minute, 30 feet down into twin reflecting pools set in the footprints of the twin towers. The fountains plant room include some of the largest pumps, filters and UV dosing system. It also has a high-tech heating system to prevent the fountains from freezing in the winter.


The waterproofing took special consideration as the fountains needed to withstand the constant immersion of the water. Once in service, waterproofing material was added as a permanent barrier to water and resistant to chemicals used in the foundation.


Michael Arad’s design includes the names of those who died in the attacks and the recovery efforts inscribed on bronze panels in the plaza overlooking the pools. Michael explained ‘’You can see each strand of water as it goes over the edge of the weir, appearing as separate, individual streams as it falls. By the time it reaches the end, the clarity dissipates, and it becomes a woven tapestry of water. I think it speaks to individual and collective loss – bringing together many lives into one.’’


At Aqua Platinum, we believe that water will always inspire individuals in different ways. Every swimming pool that we design and build is entirely unique to our client’s relationships and experience with water. It is our job to interpret the brief and deliver stunning projects to exceed these expectations.


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