Santiago Calatrava's PATH Station Quietly Opens
7. marzo 2016
All photographs by John Hill/World-Architects
Last week New York's $4 billion Transit Hub at the World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan partially opened to the public devoid of any fanfare.
World-Architects visited a few days after the "soft" opening of the station, which is now accessible only from the PATH trains from New Jersey and from the base of 4WTC designed by Fumihiko Maki, not directly from the street. Much of the grand "oculus" space is still off limits, including the mezzanines that seem to serve simply as platforms for photo-ops and selfies. Further, the shops that are intended to lines both the sides of the oculus and the concourses leading from it are not yet complete. Nevertheless, the scale of the Hub – "rivaling Grand Central Station in size," per the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the project's client – is impressive, sure to be a New York City icon once initial criticism dies down. For now it is, in the words of New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman, "an Instagram-ready attraction" for the city.