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.
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?