Snøhetta, the architecture firm that designed the 9/11 Memorial Museum pavilion, has been picked by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art to design a new wing, which is scheduled to open in 2016. The $250 million expansion is likely to be the city's largest private project, according to a report by the San Francisco Chronicle.
The pavilion designed for the memorial museum will house an auditorium for public programming, space for contemplation, a counter for refreshments and a private suite reserved for victims' family members. Two of the original steel tridents from the fallen World Trade Center's towers will be placed inside the pavilion and will be visible through the grand glass atrium.
Snøhetta, which has offices in Oslo and New York, was selected after a five-month search, rising to the top after 35 possible architects were whittled to four finalist, the report said.
By Michael Frazier, Sr. Communications Manager for the 9/11 Memorial