The Florida Polytechnic University campus in Lakeland has an unmistakable visual connection to a new building that has opened at the World Trade Center complex in New York City.
The new transportation hub in New York City opened to the public last week. It’s called the Oculus. It connects trade center buildings and subway systems. It cost nearly $4 billion to build.
It looks a lot like the Florida Poly campus’ main building. Both have what look like soaring white wings on the outside. On the inside, of both buildings have the same high, arched ceilings.
We showed students pictures and video of the Oculus. They instantly noticed the similarity.
“It’s as if you made Florida Poly a transportation hub, actually,” said student Jacob Stanish. "That’s really cool actually."
“It just reminds me of being at school, which most people find a bad thing, but I like it,” said student Leo Cintron.
The reason both buildings look so much alike is because they have the same designer, famed Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. Calatrava is known for his unique soaring-style of architecture.