REVEALED: Renderings for Santiago Calatrava’s Ground Zero Church

Posted On Thu, October 16, 2014 By

Posted On Thu, October 16, 2014 By In Financial District, Major Developments, Starchitecture

Ahead of the groundbreaking this weekend, a new video and renderings have been revealed for Santiago Calatrava‘s church near Ground Zero, which will overlook the 9/11 Memorial. The new St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church will be constructed of white Vermont marble, inspired by a mosaic of the Madonna and Child Enthroned at the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul.

Ground Zero Church, Santiago Calatrava, St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church

In addition to being an architect, Calatrava is a painter, sculptor, and furniture designer. His creative, visual arts side is clearly demonstrated in the new renderings, as the church will take a very innovative, geometric form. Calatrava is also responsible for the controversial World Trade Center Transit Hub.

Ground Zero Church, Santiago Calatrava, St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church

The church will sit on the former site of the Deutsche Bank Building, destroyed during the 9/11 attacks. It will have spaces on its façade that filter light inside during the day and provide a glowing appearance at night. Calatrava hopes the completed project will be a “very ecumenical place” and open to the public 24 hours. It’s expected to be completed in 2016 or early 2017. See more rendering views in the video below, produced by the architect’s firm.

[Via WSJ]

Renderings via Santiago Calatrava

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  • Thom Sanders

    Ugly as sin.

    Sadly Orthodoxy has finally caught contemporary Catholicism’s disease of modern iconoclasm/”wreck-ovation”. Perhaps reunification is nearer than we think.

    The transformation will be complete when they start dressing priests in clown costumes to lead the congregation in liturgical dance.

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