2. The World Trade Center Transportation Hub Looks Strikingly Similar to Calatrava’s Train Station Near Lyon, France
The Gare Saint-Exupéry train station outside Lyon, France was also designed by Santiago Calatrava, and was completed in 1994. It’s a terminal for TGV (high speed) trains and connects the city of Lyon with the airport. It’s design is inspired by the series of “Bird” sculptures by Calatrava and was originally planned for the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville .
The Gare Saint-Exupéry is clearly a precursor to the World Trade Center Transportation Hub, which Calatrava had also described as bird in flight. The Lyon train station cost 750 million French francs at the time, which would be about 114 million Euros if converted today. According to the Full Calatrava, a self-run website to “objectively inform of failures and overspending,” only 11 trains stop at the station each day, out of the 70 TGV trains that pass by.