World Trade Center Design Chosen - TheStreet

A design that uses as its centerpiece an open pit that was the searing, hallowed ground of the Sept. 11 World Trade Center attacks has been chosen as the blueprint for the rebuilding of Ground Zero in New York.

Studio Daniel Libeskind, based in Berlin, was the architect hired by rebuilding authorities, according to people involved in the talks,

The New York Times

reported Wednesday evening.

The design was considered the front-runner for weeks, although a rival called the World Culture Center, by an architecture team called Think, gained support as the decision neared.

A formal announcement of the decision is expected at 11 a.m. Thursday at a news conference at the World Financial Center's Winter Garden. The officials who made the decision included representatives from the Lower Manhattan Development Corp., the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and the offices of New York Gov. George Pataki and Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the

Times

reported.

More than 2,800 people died on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, when two jets hijacked by Islamic terrorists slammed into the Twin Towers. The towers eventually collapsed, sending huge clouds of debris and smoke across Lower Manhattan. A hijacked plane also smashed into the Pentagon that morning, killing 184 people; another hijacked plane crashed in a field in Pennsylvania, and 40 people were killed.

The exposed concrete walls of the excavated pit, or "bathtub," were designed to hold back the Hudson River.

Some family members of those killed in the trade center attack have fought to have the Port Authority keep as much of the bathtub area clear as possible. It is sacred to them because most of the human remains were found there.