In honor of the 2,996 innocent victims of the incomprehensible acts of violence perpetrated against them on September 11, 2001.
“Oculus,” is a giant white metal structure that houses the new World Trade Center Transportation Hub and a huge Westfield mall. Its creator, Spanish neofuturistic architect Santiago Calatrava, wanted the structure to look like a bird being released from a child’s hands. The complex has a train station with a large and open mezzanine under the National September 11 Memorial plaza. This mezzanine is connected to an aboveground structure –the Oculus– located between 2 World Trade Center and 3 World Trade Center—as well as to public concourses under the various towers in the World Trade Center complex. The building has become a major tourist attraction and the space is very pleasant, with great shops, and the “Eataly,” on the third floor of the Mall, is a good option for quick meals, coffee, drinks, and even some food/home shopping. I wish I had more time to explore the whole complex, but that will have to wait for another time… Here are some images of Oculus.