Following the dark day of September 11, 2001, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey commissioned Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava to design the transportation hub for what would be the new World Trade Center. The design evokes the image of a bird in flight and promises to deliver natural light to the PATH train platform 60 feet below ground.
In January 2004, when Santiago Calatrava unveiled his plans for the transportation hub, the daring design was seen as a symbol of renewal and hope after the tragedy. Since then, Santiago Calatrava has recommended some adjustments to the design to save time and money while preserving the overall integrity of the original design. Now, New York City’s Queen Sofia Spanish Institute is unveiling his designs in a new exhibition, “Santiago Calatrava: World Trade Center Transportation Hub,” running through August 31.
The exhibition will be an opportunity for commuters, subway riders and pedestrians to see that Calatrava’s design has transcended the complex challenges of the site and to view the development of this soaring, spectacular design which will significantly improve mass-transit connections across Lower Manhattan. We can’t wait…
“Santiago Calatrava: World Trade Center Transportation Hub,” running through August 31.