WTC PATH Train West Concourse Tunnel
& Brookfield Place Glass Pavilion Photos
The Photos partially featured on this page were taken in very early 2014, just over 12 years after the infamous attacks upon One and Two World Trade Center in September 11, 2001. Displayed are parts of the newly revealed west concourse tunnel which was opened to the public in October of 2013. The 600 foot tunnel leads commuters to and from Brookfield Place (formerly known as the World Financial Center) and the PATH Train Station at the World Trade Center.
Once completed, the PATH train station will merely be part of a much larger transportation hub at the WTC which is expected to serve as many as 200,000 commuters per day. Originally projected at a cost of $2 billion this huge commuting center which will service 13 subway lines is also to be a mega interior mall with retail shops galore. Relatedly Westfield Malls had in Spring of 2012 signed a $1.25 billion joint venture deal with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to lease the retail space at the World Trade Center. Quite a bit of that retail space will be at the aforementioned transportation hub.
Anyone familiar with the work of architect Santiago Calatrava would easily see his trademark white and ribbed design plus curved surfaces in what’s been revealed of the tunnel. Calatrava who is also a sculptor and structural engineer is not expected to be done with the World Trade Center transportation hub until 2015.
At the other end of the west concourse tunnel at the west side of West Street within Brookfield Place is the Brand New 8,000-square-foot, 55-foot tall commuter cube Brookfield Place Glass Pavilion Designed by and Worked on by the Spector Group and Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects. The Pelli group is led by Rafael Pelli, the son of Cesar Pelli whose firm designed the original World Financial Center.
Despite the years of waiting, political hand wringing and delays we greeted the opening of this small portion of the World Trade Center Site with a great deal of emotion. From the moment we stepped foot into this white marbled area we were in awe and it took more than moments to finally pick up a camera and take aim. Should you ever be in the area then a visit is highly recommended and we hope that you’ll find the experience just as memorable as we did.