A new underground corridor that connects the World Trade Center PATH Station with the Battery Park City Ferry Terminal and Brookfield Place Pavilion, designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava opened to the public yesterday. Known for his sweeping lines and impressive arches, Calatrava has created a breathtaking space in his signature style, including a 600-foot long marble hallway.
The project is the first leg of Calatrava's $4 billion bird-like World Trade Center Transportation Hub, an underground center that is expected to be completed in 2015, six years behind schedule. Calatrava has been criticized for his slow process and also for going way over budget. He also decided to withdraw from the Penn Station re-design competition launched by MASNYC even after it was announced that he would participate. At least the public is seeing results in the form of the WTC PATH Station, which is now the most expensive subway station in the world.