Beautiful New York

A Celebration of the City

The Top 100 Greatest NYC Buildings — #45

The Oculus

Architect: Santiago Calatrava
Style: Modern
Use: Transit/Retail
Opened: 2016
Borough: Manhattan

Controversial for its massive construction delays and multi-billion dollar budget increases, this soaring testament to the resilience of the World Trade Center and its neighbors speaks for itself. Designed to evoke the wings of the Phoenix rising from its own ashes (what could be more appropriate or poetic for the World Trade Center?), this artistic exercise in maximalist modernism has become one of the biggest sightseeing draws of any public interior in the downtown area.

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