THAT’S Not A Train Station


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THIS is a train station.

A 360° video of Santiago ( he of the Samuel Beckett Bridge) Calatrava’s new transit hub at the World Trade Center site, which opens later this month – seven years late and, at $4 billion, double its original budget.

Santiago Calatrava’s Transit Hub Is a Soaring Symbol of a Boondoggle (NYTimes)


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27 thoughts on “THAT’S Not A Train Station

    1. Digs

      They’d only do the exact opposite, no wait, they’re already planning on doing the complete opposite. You can bet your life it’ll be gash at the Grafton terminal.

    1. mauriac

      Hiroshima and Nagasaki should be the only Ground Zero buts it’s no wonder the guilty yanks stole the term.

      1. Disasta

        But mass extermination and nuclear experimentation is ok if in the guise of “support our troops”.

        And then those troops were put into the immediate aftermath of weapons detonated in the Pacific to see the affect on them.

  1. nellyb

    Better than modern Dublin, inspired by majestic outskirts of Bucharest for 100 times the cost.

    1. Disasta

      Yeah and they decide to build it somewhere stupid…like where the population will have difficulty accessing it due to traffic…

  2. Tish Mahorey

    We’ve reached Peak Calatrava.

    Santiago Calatrava works to a formula and it gets boring really quickly. But people like saying his name because it makes them think they know about architecture.

    He’s a one trick pony and the world is filling up with his medicore Architecture for Dummies.

      1. Tish Mahorey

        Aw. Poor Digs.

        I think you’ll find most good architects would share my opinion on Calatrava.

    1. Rob_G

      I agree with you. The City of Arts and Sciences looks exactly like Liege Guillermans, which looks exactly like this.

      Bit of a curve, in white – tens of millions of pounds, please.

    1. Tish Mahorey

      Inappropriate for the site. Typical city planner excitement going to the IKEA of civic architecture.

      1. Deluded

        It’s a Calatravesty, great sweeping machined curves soaring across a muddy drain between two redbrick terraces.
        The other bridge is nice though.
        He worked hard at his craft and his work is elegant and inspiring.
        The Valencia river park is just gorgeous.

  3. AL4N

    I think it’s absolutely beautiful. Maybe not $4bn worth of beautiful. But beautiful nonetheless.

    1. Kieran NYC

      It is.

      Also feels like someone thought the 24th century was taking too long to get here so decided to kick it off early.

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