January 22, 2004
Rendering of the WTC Transportation
Architect Santiago Calatrava today unveiled
his soaring plan for the World Trade Center transportation
hub, which will connect PATH, NYC subway, ferry and transporation
The presentation featured slides, models, videos and the
world-reknowned architect sketching his inspiration. It closed
with a standing ovation.
Calatrava's building is topped with 150 foot high, wing-like
glass and steel roof, kept in place with copious ridged arches.
Inside it will feature roughly 200,000 square feet of retail,
open space and train platform. The white concrete interior
will be infused almost completely with daylight. It includes
first balconies, then a column-free grand pavilion and, finally,
train platforms on the lowest level.
The roof, described Calatrava, will be able to move with
a hydraulic system to help cool it in the summer. The movement
also has symbolic meaning, he said, enabling the building
to open like the wings of a bird or a phoenix rising from
"It will be a brilliant light in the middle of the city,"
The design, he added, is built along Daniel Libeskind's proposed
"Wedge of Light," dedicated to the victims of the
September 11 terrorist attack.
The design for the Port Authority of NY and NJ's new station
essentially completes the initial planning process for the
World Trade Center site. It follows the unveiling of the Freedom
Tower and the World Trade Center Memorial. The station is
a joint effort between Calatrava with DMJM + Harris and STV
Group Inc. It will serve about a quarter of a million people
a day, the port authority Vice Chairman Charles A. Gargano
The hub is expected to begin passenger service in late 2006
and be completed in late 2008/early 2009.