A portion of Santiago Calatrava’s $4 billion World Trade Center PATH station is now open. Starting this week, pedestrians will be able to walk through the WTC West Concourse linking the World Trade Center with Brookfield Place (formerly the World Financial Center). The 600-foot-long underground walkway is a new, alternative way to cross West Street in an artistic (and much less cramped) environment.

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The new passageway is the just the first part of the Spanish architect’s ambitious goal to transform the PATH station into a gorgeous new public space. A white marble archway currently connects to the temporary WTC PATH station as well as the Brookfield Place Pavilion, which also just opened.

There’s still plenty of work to do though. The full, $4 billion transit hub won’t be finished for another two years. The renderings of the final 800,000-square-foot structure known as the Oculus depict a massive building with white marble ribs that stretch upwards like bird wings. When the full complex is complete, it will double as a retail building that brings a new shopping, dining and cultural experience to Lower Manhattan.

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via Arch Daily

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