NEW YORK CITY | Westfield World Trade Centre (The Occulus) is a shopping mall at the World Trade Center complex. It’s the largest shopping complex in Manhattan, with 125 retail spaces, and replaced the Mall at the World Trade Center, the underground shopping mall under the original World Trade Center.
Being part of a transport hub (it’s home to a PATH rapid transit station and several subway stations) means that the centre is always busy, with people rushing to and from somewhere. Many tourists visit here due to it being very close to the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, and for the centre’s architecture, in particular the Occulus.
The Occulus is a huge glass-and-steel structure designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava to resemble a dove flying from the hands of a child, bringing a sense of hope to a site of tragedy. It allows large amounts of natural light to fill the spacious entrance. Every September 11th at 10:28 AM, the time when the second tower collapsed, sunlight shines through the skylight and illuminates the central axis of the main hall. This signifies the end of 9/11 tragedy and the beginning of the reconstruction.
Westfield World Trade Centre (The Occulus)
185 Greenwich Street
New York 10007
Mon – Sat: 10:00am to 9:00pm
Sun: 11:00am to 7:00pm