Santiago Calatrava Unveils Final Design for World Trade Center Transportation Hub

May 19, 2009

NEW YORK, May 19 /PRNewswire/ — Santiago Calatrava, world-renowned architect, artist and engineer, presented his final design for the World Trade Center Transportation Hub during a press conference on Friday, May 8th at the Queen Sofia Spanish Institute.

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A never-before-seen model of the design, which preserves the overall integrity of Mr. Calatrava’s original plan, is currently on display at the Queen Sofia Spanish Institute as part of an exhibition entitled, “Santiago Calatrava: World Trade Center Transportation Hub.” The exhibition is an opportunity for commuters, subway riders and pedestrians to see how Mr. Calatrava’s design has transcended the complex challenges of the site and how it will significantly improve mass-transit connections across Lower Manhattan.

In Fall 2003, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey selected Downtown Design Partnership, a joint venture of DMJM + Harris, STV Group Inc. and Parsons Transportation in association with Santiago Calatrava S.A. to design the new Transportation Hub, replacing the one destroyed in the attack of September 11, 2001. His design, which is seen as a symbol of renewal and hope, is defined through the evocative image of a bird being released from a child’s hand. To emphasize his vision, Mr. Calatrava chose “light” as a structural element for his design. According to him, the building is supported by “columns of light” — physical light as well as “metaphysical.”

The celebrated architect’s glass and steel structure is meant to have a profound impact on Lower Manhattan at all times of the day. During the day, natural light will flood into the Transportation Hub, while at night the illuminated building will serve as a lantern for the plaza and the office towers surrounding it. The roof of the Hub’s freestanding structure will be fitted with an operable skylight located along the central axis — on fine spring, summer and fall days, as well as on September 11th each year, the skylight will open thus providing the interior space with a slice of sky and its natural light. Mr. Calatrava’s theme of constant movement encourages individuals to see the beauty within despair and provides hope for a brighter tomorrow.

Mr. Calatrava’s final design of the Transportation Hub reinforces his determination to deliver a beautiful, yet practical facility for the city of New York. “In its revised state the project retains all of its fundamental beauty and functionality,” said Santiago Calatrava, architect and engineer of the World Trade Center Transportation Hub. “It is my hope that the Transportation Hub will serve generations of commuters, subway riders, pedestrians and local residents well into the years to come.”

Santiago Calatrava: World Trade Center Transportation Hub is on view at the Queen Sofia Spanish Institute through August 31, 2009. The exhibition includes a multimedia presentation of the Transportation Hub design, as well as selected American projects of Mr. Calatrava’s celebrated buildings. Gallery hours are Monday – Thursday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Friday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Admission is $10 for the general public and $5 for students and senior citizens.


For additional information on Santiago Calatrava or the World Trade Center Transportation Hub please contact Jacqueline Platt at Corbin & Associates, LTD. at 646.233.0465 or Jacqueline@corbinpr.com.


Santiago Calatrava’s name has been most closely associated with his celebrated designs of bridges and transportation centers built throughout the world. He was recently commissioned to design and create the new World Trade Center Transportation Hub for Lower Manhattan and will unveil two of his highly-anticipated projects this fall. The TGV Railway Station in Liege is the first part of a planned architectural vision for a corporate center in Belgium, while The City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia is the culmination of a 16-year-design and building project that, literally, created a city from a vast wasteland. Amongst his collection of internationally recognized work is the expansion of the Milwaukee Art Museum in Wisconsin (2001), the Athens Olympic Sports Complex (2004), the Light Rail Train Bridge in Jerusalem (2007) and the Quarto Ponte sul Canal Grande in Venice (2008).

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