The Oculus aka World Trade Center Transportation Hub in Manhattan’s Financial District (New York)


Next to the National September 11 Memorial & Museum there’s the PATH World Trade Center Transportation Hub. It’s also known as the Oculus.

PATH is the Port Authority Trans-Hudson rapid transit (metro) system. The Oculus is a terminal for that system. Besides being a metro train statin, it houses the Westfield World Trade Center.


Recognizable architecture

An oculus (plural oculi; Latin for ‘eye’) is a circular opening in the center of a dome or in a wall. Originating in Antiquity, it is a feature of Byzantine and Neoclassical architecture.

The Oculus is designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava Valls. He’s also responsible for Liège-Guillemins railway station in Belgium.







The white structures are said to represent a (peace) dove in flight. It reminded me more of Godzilla‘s spinal plates.


What do you think?

13 Comments Add yours

  1. pedmar10 says:

    do not know but not the same it was my entry point by train to NY before but too modern now…me think.

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    1. Timothy says:

      It is very modern indeed


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