Watch Time-Lapse of World Trade Center Transportation Hub’s Construction

Credit: EarthCamCredit: EarthCam

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.

Main concourse of the World Trade Center Transportation Hub. Credit: WTC Progress

Main concourse of the World Trade Center Transportation Hub. Credit: WTC Progress

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.

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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.

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3 Comments on "Watch Time-Lapse of World Trade Center Transportation Hub’s Construction"

  1. Spent time to build the new World Trade Center, the only one famous landmark of New York City forever.

  2. staten islander | May 29, 2016 at 11:50 am |

    Total structure contains 800,000 square feet, The $4B price tag works out to a cost of $5,000 per square foot.

  3. The hub is years behind schedule. I wonder when will it fully open.

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