Inside the world's most expensive Transportation Hub
The soon-to-be-opened Transportation Hub at NYC's World Trade Center site is riddled with controversy. It owes its design to a certain Spanish architect known for his ambitious concepts, breathtaking solutions and use of exquisite materials. That's only one side of the coin though. From another perspective, Santiago Calatrava is notorious for designs that are hard to execute, routinely being built years after the proposed completion date and well over budget. Production costs sometimes go as far as double or triple the original quote. Sadly, this is the exact scenario in which the WTC PATH Station exists.
Scheduled to open sometimes in the coming months, the Transportation Hub is six years behind schedule. Its budget has also skyrocketed from a substantial 2 billion dollars to an insane 4 billion. The current, temporary station has a ridership of around 50,000 people, which hardly justifies spending that kind of money on a train station. Fortunately we're not a city budgeting blog, so we are in the clear to talk about the design.
Despite all the controversy, the PATH station fulfills its purpose of being a train station, commerce centre, and - this one is very important - a landmak. The unique spinelike design has been dubbed everything from jurassic to neofuturistic, but there's absolutely no denying that it looks excellent. With white surfaces dominating the interior, the station channels an unprecedented sense of cleanliness and grace. The translucent nature of the exterior allows sunlight to shine through, bringing natural light to 60 feet underground.
While certainly a looker, we will reserve judgment of the station's actual ergonomical and functional prowess for later. Calatrava is currently on the bad side of the general public, criticized for everything going on with the Transportation Hub. Only time will tell if the construct will blend nicely with the rest of NYC's landmarks. It could become a local sensation as easily as it could a frowned-upon piece of needlessly ambitious architecture. One thing's for sure: these photos by Canadian photographer Michael Muraz make it really hard to hate.
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