Since 2001 Ground Zero has been one huge construction site. Slowly, new constructions are coming to completion. The 9/11 Memorial Site has been open to the public quite some time. One World Trade Center has recently become the highest building in the US.
And everyone is curious to see the new transit hub that is to be inaugurated in 2015.
As a teaser, the new underground passageway to the PATH terminal has already been opened. It shows the signature construction elements of Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava.
It boasts walls and floors of shiny white marble. The tubular fishbone beams, unmistakably Calatrava, are the only “organic” elements in the otherwise stark minimalistic design.
Santiago Calatrava is famous, certainly, for his public spaces and bridges all over the world. But also infamous for the structural problems that his existing buildings are starting to show already.
On top of all the controversy, questions are rising about the price tag of this whole new endeavor. Already this tunnel, with a cost of 100 million USD, can call itself the most expensive “passage” of the world.