The day has finally arrived: Santiago Calatrava's Oculus (well, part of it, anyway) will finally welcome visitors into its marble-clad, spiky center. The WTC Transit Hub opened to the public at 3pm, and predictably, photos are already all over Instagram—take a look at what the scene is like inside.
The World Trade Center Transportation Hub officially opened today in the #worldtradecenter complex. While not complete, it opens access from Liberty Street into the #Path system & through to #brookfieldplace with @mtanyctransit opening soon. #nyc #transit #newyorkcity #financialdistrict @brookfieldplny #wtctransportationhub #oculus #santiagocalatrava
Architect Santiago Calatrava was there to check out the partially completed space:
Here's a video of the first few moments of the Hub being open, by NYCUrbanism:
And in case you want to remember what it looked like before Calatrava's enormous whale (or dinosaur, or what have you) skeleton loomed over Lower Manhattan, here's a pretty cool time-lapse video by construction giant Skanska, showing the project's progress from 2011 through to 2014: