It took over a decade and nearly $4 billion, but the main concourse of the Santiago Calatrava-designed World Trade Center Transportation Hub, known as the Oculus, opened in early March. It’s located along Greenwich Street, in between the nearly topped out 3 World Trade Center and the site of what will be 2 World Trade Center. We now have a new look at its construction in the form of a time-lapse video.
The high definition video features over one million images taken over the nearly five-year-long period stretching from July 2011 to May 2016.
The perspective and angle changes throughout the video to provide the best view of the work, and you can also see the rise of One World Trade Center and 3 World Trade Center.
It’s full of dramatic music that really does make it more fun to watch. “Unique and impressive designs like The Oculus are defining 21st century architecture and my hope is this movie acts as a time capsule of our innovative culture,” said the film’s producer Brian Cury of EarthCam.
The hub connects 11 subway lines – the A, C, E, J, R, Z, 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 trains – to the PATH train, five bus routes, and the NY Waterway ferry via an underground tunnel to Brookfield Place. The hub still has work to be done, as it will have 365,000 square feet of retail space to be managed by Westfield Corp.