Santiago Calatrava Breaks Ground on Church at 9/11 Memorial Site

Construction has begun on Santiago Calatrava’s Saint Nicholas National Shrine on the World Trade Center site in New York. A “tiny jewel” for lower Manhattan, as referred by Calatrava, the white Vermont marble shrine will be based around a translucent central Cupola that illuminates from within. 

More images and an updated construction image of Calatrava’s neighboring transportation hub, after the break.

The Greek Orthodox Church, which was destroyed during the attacks of 9/11, is sited near its original location on 130 Liberty Street, overlooking the National September 11 Memorial park and museum. It will open in early 2016. 

“Calatrava’s design was inspired by two places of worship in Istanbul, the Hagia Sophia and the Church of the Holy savior in Chora,” described a press release following the ground breaking. “The dome-shaped design evolved loosely from a mosaic of ‘Madonna and Child Enthroned’. More than a dozen other firms submitted designs for the new church, but ultimately the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America selected Calatrava’s vision for the building.”

Calatrava is also responsible for the World Trade Center Transportation Hub, also under construction. Below you can see an updated image of the station in-progress from ArchDaily co-founder David Assael’s Instagram: 

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Santiago Calatrava Breaks Ground on Church at 9/11 Memorial Site © Santiago Calatrava
Santiago Calatrava Breaks Ground on Church at 9/11 Memorial Site © Santiago Calatrava
Santiago Calatrava Breaks Ground on Church at 9/11 Memorial Site © Santiago Calatrava
Santiago Calatrava Breaks Ground on Church at 9/11 Memorial Site © Santiago Calatrava

Santiago Calatrava Breaks Ground on Church at 9/11 Memorial Site originally appeared on ArchDaily, the most visited architecture website on 30 Oct 2014.

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