On Thursday 4 March the World Trade Center Hub, better known as Oculus, has officially opened to the public, and will be fully operational by the end of 2016. Located in the Lower Manhattan area, the building replaces an old shopping mall destroyed by the 11 September 2001 attacks, after a rather long gestation phase. In fact, the wait lasted over 12 years: already in the 2015 should have seen the light, but a whole series of problems related to the construction of such a complex project, have made the inauguration date slip, so that the new railway station represents the symbol of architectural excesses and government waste, with costs that are around 4 billion dollars!
The entire structure was built by the Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, according to the initial idea of a sort of dove flying with its wings outstretched, and a central structure of glass and steel. The fulcrum is the focal point of the building, is the Oculus, a large central hall with white marble floor and different levels that will host, among other things, a shopping center of about 21 thousand square meters!
The building will be interconnecting hub for Path trains, 11 subway lines, Battery Park City (the ferry terminal), the four towers of the World Trade Center, the memorial square, and Brookfield Place (formerly World Financial Center). Although it has made the critics turn upside down for its disproportionate costs and the total lack of similarity with a traditional railway station (with automatic ticket machines, watches or maps), it is nevertheless a show in full American style. As much as you like!