Design Competition Winner + Commission
To honor those who lost their lives here on September 11, 2001, the Pentagon Memorial is a place unlike any other, and provides an invitation for contemplative thought through its encoded spatial organization and impeccably resolved material textures and details. A place that prompts contemplation but does not prescribe what to think or how to feel, this open invitation for pause and engagement is intended to extend into the distant future. 184 Memorial Units are comprised of intricately cast and polished stainless steel, granite, specialized concrete, flowing water and light and distributed across an expanse of loose gravel. Within this dynamic and deeply textural field, each Memorial Unit demarcates a special place dedicated to an individual whose life was taken on that fateful day.
As our very first commission, the Pentagon Memorial project both launched KBAS and set the standards with which we strive to develop advanced spatial ideas and orchestrate top-notch teams. For over six years, KBAS led exercises in material R&D while inventing techniques and processes for fabrication and production. Able to navigate incredibly complex logistics, KBAS worked closely with a team of over 40 specialists as well as with family members of those who lost their lives and delivered the Nation’s first completed 9/11 memorial on time and on budget.
Realizing the Pentagon Memorial was an indescribable honor and an immense educational journey. We often think of the dozens of people with whom we worked so closely, and the thousands of people who helped bring the Memorial to life.
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