Occulus. 

As part of the rebuilding at Ground Zero, a new transit terminal was required to connect the PATH trains coming from New Jersey to New York’s subway system. Rather than being completely underground and out of site like it was before the attack, a soaring almost cathedral like space has been created by Santiago Calatrava, a Spanish architect.  He is most famous for his bridges – Buenos Aires, Dallas among others and his buildings that move- Milwaukee Art Museum. The transit hub was supposed to also open but due to budget issues (i think I have read the current cost is $1b) this feature was cut and instead repaced with the skylight which will open. 

The building is beautiful from a distance but I’m concerned it may not hold up long term. It has some terrible details and is already showing signs of dirt.  

The interior is basically a shopping mall with large spaces for the thousands who move through it at rush hour to be able to move from one train line to another. 


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