WTC Oculus’s leaking skylight may not be repaired before 9/11 anniversary

The skylight atop Santiago Calatrava-designed Oculus leaks. It was hoped that the necessary repairs would be completed before this year’s anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks, but that is now unlikely.

The skylight opens on the morning of each anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, and throws a shaft of sunlight across the Oculus floor. Apparently the rubber seal of the skylight tore last year during the moving of the panels.

Repairs with tape have been attempted by the Port Authority, to no avail, reports Valeria Ricciulli for Curbed.

“We’re reviewing carefully the best approach to repair a complex, one-of-a-kind architectural feature,” a Port Authority spokesman said. “Our priority is to get it right.”

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