The Oculus inside Santiago Calatrava’s WTC transportation hub seems to incite as much awe as it does controversy. It’s a train station without any schedules, maps or clocks. A lot has been written about the cost to build it, as well as the design decisions that has produced a train station that feels very unfamiliar and untraditional in its function.
It is also, however, at least to me, beautiful. It also seems like I’m not the only one who thinks so. As a place that’s supposed to move people from one end to the other, it stops people dead on their tracks instead, and inpires them to lay with their backs on the floor, staring at a ceiling that seems to end at the sky. The light that filters through the ribs gives the space a celestial atmosphere, inviting a few moments of quiet contemplation. At the very least, it’s worth a trip downtown to see something very different and special.
It’ll be interesting to see how different it’ll feel when the space is fully open and all is said and done. I’m pretty sure things are going change, and soon. For now, I'm just going to enjoy the light.