Santiago Calatrava

Major Developments, Starchitecture, Transportation

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Santiago Calatrava: WTC Transportation Hub , New York (Photo: Mega Projects and Skyscrapers, via YouTube)

When the subject of Santiago Calatrava’s World Trade Center Transportation Hub comes up, what’s most likely to come to mind is not the flying-bird-looking architecture, but the fact that it was so incredibly delayed (it’s six years off schedule) and over-budget (final construction costs ring in around $4 billion in taxpayer dollars, twice what was projected, making it the world’s most expensive train station). The latter is not sitting well with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, who oversee the hub, as they’ve announced that they will not host an event to mark the opening during the first week of March, calling it “a symbol of excess,” according to Politico. Similarly, Governors Christie and Cuomo, who control the agency, have declined to commemorate the opening.

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Construction Update, Financial District, Major Developments, Starchitecture, Transportation

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Santiago Calatrava: WTC Transportation Hub , New York (Photo: Mega Projects and Skyscrapers, via YouTube)

The Port Authority has announced today in a press release that the World Trade Center Transportation Hub—anchored by architect Santiago Calatrava‘s Oculus–will open the first week of March. The hub will link the World Trade Center PATH station and “enable travelers to have a seamless connection with 11 New York City subway lines and the East River ferries in addition to access to PATH trains.”

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Santiago Calatrava, World Trade Center Transportation Hub

Starchitect Santiago Calatrava has taken a media beating for the World Trade Center Transportation Hub, the long-delayed (it’s nearly six years off schedule), incredibly-over-budget (final construction costs ring in around $4 billion, twice what was projected, making it the world’s most expensive train station), flying bird-looking (though some critics think it looks more like a “rack of lamb”) PATH station project that he designed as part of the WTC revitalization. It was recently announced that the hub would open next month, but as it comes to a close, Santiago Calatrava is stuck at a dead end, noting that the project has taken a major toll on his reputation.

After living in NYC for 12 years, Calatrava has stopped being commissioned for work in the U.S. “I could not compete because people have not asked me to compete,” he told the Wall Street Journal in an interview at his Park Avenue townhouse. “I have been treated like a dog.”

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Images: New Whitney via 6sqft (L); Stilettos via PixGood (R)

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  • Most major cities don’t keep comprehensive data about assaults against passengers in either Uber cars or taxis. [Atlantic]
  • Forget manspreading, let’s talk about dreadspreading on the subway. [Gothamist]
  • Sorry London, NYC is the world’s most economically powerful city. [CityLab]
  • Why Is Santiago Calatrava’s World Trade Center PATH station covered in rust? [NYO]
  • Manhattan has only eight spots left to grab a papaya drink and cheap hot dog, but what’s the real reason? [Jeremiah’s Vanishing NY]

Images: Taxi via Wiki Commons (L); Papaya King via Papaya King via photopin (license) (R)

Financial District, Major Developments, Starchitecture, Video

Back in October, we revealed renderings for Santiago Calatrava’s Ground Zero Church, which will overlook the 9/11 Memorial. Now we have a BBC video that features Calatrava explaining his vision for Saint Nicholas Church. ArchDaily, who spotted the feature, writes that “the building, which broke ground last year, has been described by Calatrava as a ‘tiny jewel’ for lower Manhattan.” Moreover, when completed, his creation will be the only non-secular building at Ground Zero. Watch the video above to find out what inspired his unique design, as well as the starchitect’s thoughts on creating a structure for a site with such historical and cultural significance.

[via Archdaily]

Construction Update, Financial District, Major Developments, Starchitecture, Transportation

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Ironworkers attach the “Old Glory” flag to the final Oculus rafter piece before installation

Just weeks after One World Trade Center and the Fulton Center Subway Station opened their doors for business, the last of the 114 steel rafters was installed on Santiago Calatrava‘s long-overdue, majorly over-budget flying bird-looking transportation hub. This is just one of many steel components in the project; it’s made up of 618 steel pieces which weigh more than 12,000 tons. The rafters were supposed to be completed by August, but though they were three months behind schedule, the hub is still expected to open in late 2015.

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Financial District, Major Developments, Starchitecture

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

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.

More on the design here

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  • A 740 Park Avenue pad just traded hands for $71.3M, making it the most expensive NYC co-op ever sold. The apartment was originally listed for $48M. [Curbed]
  • Forest City Ratner wants to take over producing the modular units for the stalled B2 tower at Pacific Park next to the Barclays Center. The developer is currently embroiled in a legal dispute with the contracting company, Skanska USA. [Crain’s]
  • New renderings of ‘The Shops’, the Hudson Yard’s planned one million square feet of retail space. [NY YIMBY]
  • When (and if?) completed, the WTC transit hub designed by Santiago Calatrava will have cost between $3.7 and $4 billion—way over its $2 billion budget. [WSJ]

The Shops (left); 740 Park Avenue (right)

Construction Update, Financial District, Major Developments, Transportation

One WTC, One World Trade Center, One WTC construction update, progress at One WTC

As many of you architecture buffs know, One WTC now rises a symbolic 1,776 feet, making it the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere and the third tallest in the entire world. Designed by renowned architect David Childs of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, it also has a LEED Gold certification and is the most environmentally sustainable project of its size. After a temporary real estate slump, the 104-story, glass and steel building is now 56% leased, with big-time tenants like Conde Naste, Morgan Stanley, Legends Hospitality, and BMB Group. Eight years after construction began, One World Trade is at an exciting juncture with its tenants expected to move in by the end of the year, already beginning to build out their office spaces. The original crew of 10,000 has been reduced to 600, and we’re checking in on what these remaining workers are up to.

Check out some amazing photos of the progress at One WTC


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