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Retractable Skylight in World Trade Center Oculus

August 6, 2015

After 10 years of construction, the World Trade Center Transportation Hub is nearing completion - with the help of Eckelt Glas of Austria

The 108 meter-long operable skylight was hoisted into place in the Oculus pavilion of the World Trade Center Transportation Hub , designed by Santiago Calatrava , on July 17th. The winged Oculus is by far the most conspicuous element in the hub. 772 pieces of glass in the Oculus were made by Eckelt Glas of Austria. The largest of those are 13 by 5 feet and 1.6 inches thick.

Each Sept. 11, the skylight will be opened to the elements for 102 minutes - That is how long the 2001 terrorist attack lasted.

Eckelt Glas is a specialized glass processing factory operating in national and international markets. Eckelt manufactures innovative glass products for specific functions such as safety, energy-saving, acoustics, structural or aesthetics – and each of those in the largest sizes.

"WTC Hub June 2015 2 vc" by Doc Searls from Santa Barbara, USA - 2015_06_14_nyc-wtc_077.
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