World Trade Center Transportation Hub

Architecture, Starchitecture, Video

Time-Lapse Courtesy of EarthCam

When we talk about Santiago Calatrava’s $4 billion World Trade Center Transportation Hub, there’s always the inevitable mention of how long (12 years!) it actually took to get the project up and running and built. Which is why this stunning time lapse is all the more fitting to mark the Hub’s opening today at 3:00pm. The webcam experts at EarthCam teamed up with the project contractor, Skanska USA, to capture all 42 months (June 2011-December 2014) of construction progress for the famed and notorious winged oculus and condense it into a 65-second video.

Watch the full time lapse here

Major Developments, Starchitecture, Transportation

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

On Tuesday, news broke that the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey would not be holding a ribbon cutting ceremony when the World Trade Center Transportation Hub opens next week. They called Santiago Calatrava’s project “a symbol of excess.” Perhaps feeling the backlash from their decision, the agency sent out a press release yesterday saying that though there will still be no event to mark the opening on March 3rd at 3pm, they will hold a ceremony once the Hub is fully up and running this spring, according to the Wall Street Journal. They credit their change of heart to a desire to thank the thousands of workers who built the station. Additionally, Port Authority Chairman John Degnan said, “It will stand, along with the memorial, museum and the buildings themselves, as a tribute the resiliency of the region.”

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Major Developments, Polls, Starchitecture, Transportation

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Yesterday the Port Authority announced that they won’t be holding a ribbon cutting ceremony (or any type of celebratory event, for that matter) to mark the opening of Santiago Calatrava’s World Trade Center Transportation Hub next month. They called the Hub “a symbol of excess” and cited the exorbitant $4 billion price tag as the reason for foregoing it. But at the end of the day, the agency is in charge of overseeing the new development. And despite the delays and budget overruns, is it right to ignore a place that is, to many, a symbol of rebirth for lower Manhattan?

Images: Ironworkers attach the “Old Glory” flag to the final Oculus rafter piece before installation, via Facebook/WTC Progress (L); via Mega Projects and Skyscrapers, via YouTube (R)

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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People, Starchitecture

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.”

How did Santiago Calatrava get here?

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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Architecture, Financial District, Starchitecture, Transportation

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It’s unfortunate that Santiago Calatrava‘s original design for the WTC Transportation Hub got scrapped for a shrunken, more watered-down version. But the cost saving measures that transformed his beautiful “bird” into what some critics have dubbed as a “rack of lamb” didn’t completely destroy the majestic spirit of the original design.

Construction images recently released by the Port Authority of NY & NJ reveal that the Oculus is finally taking shape, emerging from its WTC site as something that could very well be quite iconic.

More incredible photos ahead