From tragedy comes triumph. The tragedy was the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the triumph is New York City’s new $4 billon dollar World Trade Center Transit Hub.
When the Twin Towers fell during the 9/11 attacks, the train station below that housed the subway and New Jersey rail was also destroyed. A new station was proposed to help restore vital transit connections for the region and create an awe-inspiring architectural centerpiece to the redeveloped World Trade Center Memorial Site.
The Hub was designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, who is known for similar soaring white structures… and soaring budgets. The project took about twice as much time and twice as much money to complete, for a total cost of $4 billion.
When complete, the Hub will be the most expensive train station in the world, with a corridor below it that is widely considered to be the most expensive hallway on the planet.
The station cost even more than One World Trade Center, the new tallest building in the US, which is right next door.
Here’s a look inside the building of The Hub…