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Brookfield Place Pavilion, lower manhattan, mixed use buildings, oculus, PATH, Santiago Calatrava, World Trade Center, world trade center pathway, world trade center transportation hub, wtc, WTC PATH Station, WTC West Concourse, WTC Western Concourse, world trade center transportation hub“To enable construction of this pedestrian passageway, portions of the World Trade Center’s slurry walls were removed (at this location), and portions of the Hudson River Bulkhead wall were removed (at the western end of this corridor). The World Trade Center slurry walls form a 70-foot deep “bathtub” structure to protect the site from water penetration, and is a significant feature of the World Center site that remained after the destructive attacks of September 11, 2001. The Hudson River Bulkhead’s granite structure marked Lower Manhattan’s western edge until the 1940s (extending five miles from Battery Park to West 59th Street). Both the World Trade Center site and the Hudson River Bulkhead are eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.” – The Port Authority of NY & NJ

In addition to the soothing effect of its stylized arches and museum-like elegance, Calatrava’s World Trade Center walkway has already begun to alleviate some of the heavy foot traffic around the area by providing a much-needed alternative passageway from the PATH station to waterfront ferries and workplaces. Those who take the PATH train to offices on the west side of West Street can now avoid trudging up to street level to get to work. The new corridor replaces a temporary pedestrian bridge over West Street that was being used as an interim solution.

The World Trade Center West Concourse is the first section of the nearly $4 billion Calatrava-designed World Trade Center Transportation Hub, which is one of the most expensive train stations to ever be built. The hub is expected to be done in 2015 and, when complete, will serve approximately 200,000 subway and PATH riders a day.

Click through our gallery for your own look at the newest World Trade Center addition, and let us know what you think about the design in the comments below.

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+ Port Authority of New York and New Jersey