Curious to see how the much-delayed and immensely over-budget World Trade Center Transportation Hub is coming along? Well, a brave soul with a camera has managed to sneak into the Santiago Calatrava-designed building to take some revealing photos of the seemingly never-ending project. What do you think of the hub's progress so far as chronicled by Aymann Ismail's snaps for Animal NY?
The much-anticipated design has come under fire for years now due to not only its delayed construction, but also for its continuously ballooning budget. The original estimated cost for the design was $2 billion, but the current cost of the project is reportedly about to reach the $4 billion mark.
Construction of the hub has been underway for more than a decade now, and like many other New Yorkers and architecture aficionados, people like Aymann Ismail have become increasingly curious about the project’s snail-like progress. Ismail managed to sneak into the building and take some photos of the construction, and although the site appears nowhere near completion, it appears to be getting closer to Calatrava‘s majestic “Oculus” vision.
Upon completion, the hub will be the most expensive train station in the world. In fact, with a $4 billion price tag, the ribbed 800,000-square-foot structure will be more expensive than the actual WTC tower. According to a report by the NY Times, which broke down the costs of the project, the project has become the epitome of irresponsible money management and poor city leadership.
According to Animal New York, a Port Authority spokesperson has confirmed that the WTC Hub is expected to open by the end of 2015.
Photos by Aymann Ismail / Animal NY