NEW YORK | WTC Transportation Hub | 150 FT


#224

Taken yesterday


#225

this looks good in pictures! in person it looks like a patched up disaster! i was so sad about it!


#227

It desperately needs a new paint job or something of that sort.


#228

Really??? I was there with a group April of 2016 and everyone found it beautiful and awe inspiring. It also seemed flawless to me! What kind of problems are there?


#229

I love this thing, but these photos I took in August shows the problem:




#230

I agree that it does appear to have been rushed (which it was during the final stages). The rafters could clearly use a few more coats of paint and you can see the individual segments where steel was welded at the ends of the Oculus.


#231

The design is lovely; it’s the execution that’s lacking. From a distance — or standing in the center — it’s gorgeous. But get close to any part of it, and the details are atrocious. There’s just terrible craftsmanship all around. Bad welds, bad fireproofing, bad paint, ill-fitting fixtures, ill-fitting & blotchy ceiling panels, leaks, and a poorly-sealed marble floor that’s already covered in gross yellow stains.

And frankly, the design, while pretty, has numerous practical issues. The architecture has a lot of areas that need constant cleaning, but are nearly impossible to clean. Sure enough, it’s already looking filthy. I won’t get into the many stupid layout issues.


#232



Earthcam
Shortly after the incident


#233

That’s extremely sad.

It’s absolutely nothing next to the tragedy of this attempted suicide, but I hope this doesn’t become a thing. If suicides force the PA / Westfield to put up higher barriers, it will really ruin the beauty of this space, and that’s pretty much all this controversial building has going for it.


#234

I noticed the shoddy craftsmanship as well and it’s clear that maintenance was a complete afterthought for this design despite the relentless foot traffic the place gets… Kinda curious what it will look like in 20 years or so…


#235


August 3: 25th anniversary of the Sister Act celebration and Tribeca Drive-In (Whoopi Goldberg on site)
August 4: “West Side Story” Tribeca Drive-In
August 5: “Ghostbusters” Tribeca Drive-In


#236



Panoramas


#237

I agree, Robert. The overwhelming majority of people find it to be stunning. I do.


#238

The Oculus is open… (from earthcam)


#239

Awesome. Is today the only day it is open or do they open it up for a couple days before and after 9/11? Might have to try to get over there after work if possible.


#240

#241

Yup, today is the only day…annually. But they did open it when the mall opened and street level plaza opened


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Archexplorer


#244

Great shot, Arch!!