World Trade Center Oculus

One of New York’s newest architectural gems.

Overview

Home to 12 subway lines, the World Trade Center PATH station, and dozens of retailers, the World Trade Center Oculus and Transporation Hub serve over a million people every week. 

 

The main floor bustles with commuters, shoppers, and visitors, plus weekly programs, from farmers markets and art exhibits to musical performances and retail events.

 

The Oculus has access points across the entire 16-acre World Trade Center campus, including private entries into commerical office towers (One World Trade Center, Three World Trade Center, and Four World Trade Center) and connects to Brookfield Place through its West Concourse. 

Check out our Getting Here page for more information on traveling to and through the Transporation Hub. 

 

The Oculus and Transportation Hub are owned and operated by the Port Authority of NY and NJ. The World Trade Center retail is leased and operated by the private entity Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield.

ARCHITECTURE

The Oculus was positioned as part of the masterplan by Daniel Libeskind and designed by Santiago Calatrava. The structure’s white metal clad steel ribs reach up and out in a monumental move symbolic of a hand releasing a dove.


Their interstitial glazing fills the main concourse below with natural light. The orientation of the structure was defined to serve as a lasting reminder of the attacks of September 11, 2001. It is in alignment with the sun’s solar angles on each September 11th, from 8:46 am, when the first plane struck, until 10:28 am, when the second tower collapsed. Its central skylight fits this alignment and opens on anniversaries of the attack, washing the Oculus floor with a beam of light.

Hours

Open 24/7


Location

World Trade Center Oculus

50 Church Street
New York, NY 10007

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Interior shot of the Oculus with the custom built crane "Big Red" at the World Trade Center

Meet "Big Red"

 

The TEUPEN TL 156AX, or “Big Red” as it is affectionately known, is a custom-built crane designed to suit the special needs of the Oculus. It has an articulated arm that can reach the highest point of the Oculus skylight at 160 feet above the floor and can extend over 50 feet horizontally.

An exterior shot of the Oculus at the World Trade Center showcasing new LED lights

Going Green

 

As part of our commitment to sustainability, about 13,000 lighting fixtures are being replaced throughout the Oculus.  The goal is to reduce energy consumption and increase the life expectancy of the lamps. At the end of 2019, the program brought a new feature to the Oculus that allows the rib-uplighting to be changed to any color.