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Heatherwick to Construct $170 Million "Pier 55" Park Off Manhattan's Hudson River Shoreline

Heatherwick to Construct $170 Million "Pier 55" Park Off Manhattan's Hudson River Shoreline
Heatherwick to Construct $170 Million "Pier 55" Park Off Manhattan's Hudson River Shoreline, Pier 55 from the esplanade looking west. Image © Pier55, Inc. and Heatherwick Studio, Renders by Luxigon
Pier 55 from the esplanade looking west. Image © Pier55, Inc. and Heatherwick Studio, Renders by Luxigon

Billionaire Barry Diller, chairman of IAC/InterActiveCorp and former head of Paramount Pictures and Fox, has commissioned Thomas Heatherwick to design a $170 million “futuristic park” on Manhattan’s lower west side. Replacing the deteriorated Pier 54, the new “Pier55” will be a lush undulating landscape, raised atop 300 mushroom-shaped concrete columns placed 186 feet off of the Hudson River shoreline, that will host outdoor performances, act as a marine sanctuary for striped bass and guard the city against storms. 

Heatherwick will be collaborating with landscape architect Mathews Nielson. Read on to learn more about the project. 

Southern space looking north from Gansevoort Peninsula. Image © Pier55, Inc. and Heatherwick Studio, Renders by Luxigon Conceptual view of Pier 55's rolling landscape. Image © Pier55, Inc. and Heatherwick Studio, Renders by Luxigon Night view. Image © Pier55, Inc. and Heatherwick Studio, Renders by Luxigon Amphitheater looking southwest at the sunset. Image © Pier55, Inc. and Heatherwick Studio, Renders by Luxigon +9

Pier 55. Image © Pier55, Inc. and Heatherwick Studio, Renders by Luxigon
Pier 55. Image © Pier55, Inc. and Heatherwick Studio, Renders by Luxigon

“New York City’s waterfront provides tremendous opportunities for everything from tourism to outdoor recreation, and Pier55 is the perfect example of how we can tap into that resource to build a more enjoyable city for all,” said Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. “Building this new pier will greatly improve the Hudson River Parkland, and I thank the Diller – von Furstenberg family for their generosity and vision in the pursuit of a better New York.”  

Southern space looking north from Gansevoort Peninsula. Image © Pier55, Inc. and Heatherwick Studio, Renders by Luxigon
Southern space looking north from Gansevoort Peninsula. Image © Pier55, Inc. and Heatherwick Studio, Renders by Luxigon

“Hudson River Park has become a destination for millions of New Yorkers from across all five boroughs,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “The revitalization and transformation of this pier into a vibrant arts and community space will bring new energy and new visitors to our waterfront.”

Conceptual view of Pier 55's rolling landscape. Image © Pier55, Inc. and Heatherwick Studio, Renders by Luxigon
Conceptual view of Pier 55's rolling landscape. Image © Pier55, Inc. and Heatherwick Studio, Renders by Luxigon
Amphitheater looking southwest at the sunset. Image © Pier55, Inc. and Heatherwick Studio, Renders by Luxigon
Amphitheater looking southwest at the sunset. Image © Pier55, Inc. and Heatherwick Studio, Renders by Luxigon

The wooded, offshore park will feature three outdoor performance spaces, including a 800-seat amphitheater. Visitors will be provided access via two dock-like pathways that connect back to an extended, publicly-funded esplanade that will run from Bloomfield Street to 14th Street. 

Construction of the 2.7-acre Pier55 is expected to commence in 2016.

Pier 55 in context of the west side. Image © Pier55, Inc. and Heatherwick Studio, Renders by Luxigon
Pier 55 in context of the west side. Image © Pier55, Inc. and Heatherwick Studio, Renders by Luxigon

News via Heatherwick Studio and the NYTimes.

Cite: Karissa Rosenfield. "Heatherwick to Construct $170 Million "Pier 55" Park Off Manhattan's Hudson River Shoreline" 17 Nov 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/568286/heatherwick-to-construct-170-million-pier-55-park-off-manhattan-s-hudson-river-shoreline/>