Walking through lower Manhattan
Wondering through the Oculus station in downtown Manhattan can be an overwhelming experience, it was ethereal. Upon entering the interior, one can only stare in awe at the immensity of the structure.
The Oculus is a testament to architectural ingenuity opening its doors on the 4th of March 2016 after more than 12 years of planning and development. The neighboring buildings are also very impressive and designed to inspire, unquestionably worth walking around the area.
The Oculus serves as a connecting hub for more than 250,000 daily commuters.
The structure was designed by renowned Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, it occupies 800,000 square feet (74,300 m²) of retail and dining space adjacent to the third busiest transportation terminal in New York City.
The project cost more than $4 Billion and was made possible by public funds. The development was undertaken by the Port Authority of New York/New Jersey alongside Swedish construction firm Skanska. The adjacent station connects transit users to 11 subway stations and the PATH rail system that connects the island of Manhattan and New Jersey.
- The steel used for the construction of the Oculus is very unique, only a few companies in the world manufacture it.
- The original plans included a retractable roof.
- The structure shares its look with the main station in Lyon, France by the same architect.
The interior atrium contains a two-level shopping mall managed by Westfield Properties which includes; dining, shopping, and entertainment alongside open spaces for the public to enjoy.