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An Afternoon at the Oculus

On a beautiful cold winter afternoon, I wondered through the Oculus station in downtown Manhattan. This was the first time I visited this ethereal architectural masterpiece. Once inside the interior one can only stare in awe at this magnificent edifice which is located in the World Trade Center area.

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The Oculus was designed by renowned Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava and occupies 800,000 square feet of retail and dining space alongside the third busiest terminal station in New York City.

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The development of the project cost more than $4 Billion made possible by public funds and undertaken by the Port Authority of New York/New Jersey alongside Swedish firm Skanska contracted for the build out.

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The station serves as a connecting hub for more than 250,000 daily commuters with transit users having access to 11 subway stations and the PATH rail system that connects the island of Manhattan and New Jersey.

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The main interior atrium contains a two level shopping mall managed by Westfield Properties with casual dining, fast food restaurants, coffee shops and more.

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This state of the art property opened on the 4th of March 2016 after more than 12 years of planning and development. The surrounding buildings are also very interesting and designed to inspire, definitely worth the visit.