heatherwick studio-designed pier 55 park takes shape in new york's hudson river

heatherwick studio-designed pier 55 park takes shape in new york's hudson river

construction images of pier 55, the collaborative project between heatherwick studio and landscape architect mathews nielsen, have emerged as the dramatic 2.4-acre public park has begun to take shape in new york‘s hudson river. first announced back in 2014 (see coverage here), and with construction given the go-ahead two years later (see coverage here), the pier is expected to open to the public in 2021. its unexpected topography comprises concrete pots supported on piles, which, according to the images, seem to be nearing completion.  heatherwick studio-designed pier 55 park takes shape in new york's hudson riverall images courtesy of heatherwick studio unless stated otherwise

image (also header image) via mathews nielsen



heatherwick studio, who won the design competition organized by the hudson river park trust and businessman barry diller back in 2013, has designed a public park and performance space that comprises a system of repeating piles, which each form a generous planter at their top. every planter then connects in a tessellating pattern at different heights, forming an undulating landscape that resembles a leaf floating in the water. together with landscape architect mathews nielsen, heatherwick has developed a unique topography of more than a hundred species of indigenous trees and plants suited to the harsh extremes of new york climate. heatherwick studio-designed pier 55 park takes shape in new york's hudson river



with most of its piles and pots nearing completion, pier 55 is expected to open its doors to the public in 2021. the floating park will also serve as a world class outdoor performance space, incorporating an outdoor theater for over 700 people, a smaller performance space for 200, a main space for 3,500, as well as many pathways and viewing platforms. heatherwick studio-designed pier 55 park takes shape in new york's hudson riverimage via mathews nielsen image via mathews nielsen




project info:



name: pier 55

architect: heatherwick studio

landscape architect: mathews nielsen/MNLA

client: hudson river park trust (HRPT) & pier 55 project fund (P55P)

location: new york, US

size: 11,000 sqm

group leader: mat cash

project leader: paul westwood, neil hubbard

studio team: simona auteri, jordan bailiff, einar blixhavn, mark burrows, mat cash, darragh casey, jorge xavier méndez-cáceres, john cruwys, antoine van erp, alex flood, michal gryko, hayley henry, ben holmes, ben jacobs, stepan martinovsky, simon ng, wojtek nowak, hannah parker, giovanni parodi, luke plumbley, jeff powers, enrique pujana, akari takebayashi, ondrej tichý, ahira sanjeet, charles wu, meera yadave

collaborators: arup, charcoal blue, steven daldry, scott rudin, kate horton, mueser rutledge consulting engineers, hunter roberts construction group

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