The organizers' focus is not on the events of September 11, 2001, but on the Twin Towers as an architectural monument of the 20th century, an important milestone in the history of New York, a reflection of faith in the scientific and technological progress of the 1960s.
At the time of completion of their construction by the architect Minoru Yamasaki, in 1971 and 1973, respectively, each of the towers "managed to visit" the tallest building in the world, until in 1974 the Chicago Sears Tower was built by the SOM bureau.
Building technologies, innovative for that time, allowed twin skyscrapers to reach heights of 417 and 415 m (110 floors). Each floor area was about 4050 sq. m, which gave a total of 372,000 sq. m for each tower. Their scale remains, in many respects, unsurpassed so far: in the Freedom Tower, which is now being built on the site of the Twin Towers, with a higher height of the squares, there will be no more than two-thirds of the size of one Yamasaki skyscraper.
The exposition of the exhibition "Giants: Twin Towers and the Twentieth Century" is built on the full-size reconstruction in small halls of the museum of slender decorative profile supports, placed on the facades of the buildings of the old WTC. They are reflected in the ceiling and floor of the halls, made of stainless steel, and in the mirrored walls installed especially for the exhibition. As a result, visitors get the impression that they are standing at the foot of one of the towers.
Among the exhibits on display are a variety of models, videos and photographs of these famous buildings in the process of their construction, architectural drawings and drawings. The exhibition also includes video and audio recordings of interviews with the creators of the Twin Towers.
In addition to the exhibition, which will run until March 7, 2007, the museum's website will feature 500 photographs of the Twin Towers engineer, Lee Robertson, taken during their construction.