first look inside santiago calatrava's WTC transportation hub in new york
first look inside santiago calatrava's WTC transportation hub in new york first look inside santiago calatrava's WTC transportation hub in new york
jul 30, 2015

first look inside santiago calatrava's WTC transportation hub in new york

first look inside santiago calatrava’s WTC transportation hub in new york
photography by michael muraz




the highly anticipated world trade center transportation hub by spanish architect santiago calatrava is due to open this year in new york city. despite being double the cost of its estimated budget, toronto-based photography captures the first look inside, showing the white, vaulted interior pathway looking true to its proposed renderings.


with the aim to establish a more dynamic and efficient connection for the bustling city, the scheme will offer 11 subways and PATH trains, with weather protected access to the subway, bus and ferry lines. delivering more than a connecting destination for new yorkers and visitors alike, it will be a base for retail brands such as a westfield mall and other well-known names. the exterior, is an expression of calatrava’s signature skeletal structures, which can be seen translated into the light and airy, marble-clad interiors. once completely open, there is no doubt the grand scheme will sit prominently with the other upcoming and existing architectural visions at the WTC site.


read designboom’s previous article about the WTC transportation hub construction process here.

this pathway is the first example of calatrava’s skeletal concept for the hub

light diffuses in between the rib-like columns

the floors and walls clad in marble

glass and steel ‘wings’ that allow natural light to pass through the rail platforms

the construction combines the highly skilled engineering

abstract image of the steel fins

the building is built with steel, glass and light





  • I really love the sparseness and the calm, contemplative extreme whiteness of it. But I can’t help but think Westfield and the other retailers will foul-it with their ads in no time. The bold, clean, white will be lost in a sea of Hollister, Pepsi and Dunkin Donuts.

    Paul says:

  • Yes Paul,….not to mention the graffiti; & the surface maintenance cost to match the artist’s pristine white ‘starship enterprise’ interior……

    Frankling says:
  • In six months, all this will be black with soot. How do you keep it clean is my question? Have you seen the existing hubs? MTA cleaning crew is hopeless to start with. So do not expect much.

    Madigan says:
  • Paul, you´re so right, happens all the time. sometimes ads should be prohibited. Human race will be thankful

    mariano badaracco says:
  • The transit hub is not run by the MTA but by the Port Authority. The West Corridor (which is shown in these pictures) has been open since 2013 and still remains in pristine condition. The workers are constantly scrubbing the place. There is absolutely no graffiti. As for Westfield, I doubt if their signs will be that noticeable given the overall size of the place. In any event, the mall is so remote from opening (originally scheduled for December 2015, then delayed to first half of 2016 and now they’re saying mid-2016) that its not even a near term concern. The Fulton Center (also being operated by Westfield) has been open almost a year and so far there is absolutely no stores in there – not even a kiosk. Westfield has been so incompetent in getting their NYC projects moving that I have real doubts that the WTC mall will open anytime before 2020.

    Gene says:

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