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A Dove of Peace

The World Trade Center Transportation Hub in Lower Manhattan was officially opened to the public on March 4, 2016, replacing the PATH train station that was destroyed in the 9/11 attacks. It provides access to Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) commuter trains to New Jersey and 11 New York City subway lines. Adjacent to the Ground Zero memorial is the Hub’s centerpiece, the Oculus, designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava to resemble a dove taking flight.

The structure is formed by softly-curving, white, steel ribs that rise from below the ground to form an elliptical domeover a vast concourse. The structure uses 11,500 tons of structural steel, and free from internal columns the concourse reaches a length of 350 ft and a height of 160 ft. The transparency of the structure allows light to flood through onto the grey and white marblefloors below, and a skylight that runs the length of the Oculus’ spine will open each September 11 to honour the memory of the victims.