photo credit: Image © Pier55, Inc. and Heatherwick Studio, Renders by Luxigon
The construction of an exciting new park is in the works for the Hudson River Park. A short walk from the Duane Street Hotel, Pier 55 is set to be built on the site of the now barren Pier 54. The project will serve the purpose of most parks, providing a nice sunny space for urban citizens to enjoy some grass and trees and whatever other accessories the architects dreamt up. Providing the neighborhood with these niceties right on the historic Hudson is cool and all, but what’s really awesome is the proposed design and unparalleled vision for this New York City space.
Billionaire couple Barry Diller and Diane Von Furstenberg will fund the majority of this project. Working with the City of New York and New York State they’re planning to begin construction in 2016 with a budget that exceeds $130 million. The original designs have been assigned to British designer Thomas Heatherwick who designed the 2012 London Olympics and Paralympics cauldron along with a string of other notable works, one of which can be seen at the nearby Longchamp designer boutique in SoHo.
Heatherwick’s vision for the brand new Pier 55 makes this project more exciting than a simple park with a large budget. The futuristic design has been featured on a series of major publications from the Huffington Post to the New York Times.
The landscape, if true to these original renderings, will turn heads and elevate the city into a new age of visual identity. The proposed space will be upwards of 3 acres and sit over the water on white stilts that expand upwards like a series of top-heavy cocktail glasses. The grassy platform top will be adorned with trees and curvature reminiscent of a series of mini hills and valleys. Plans for this park vaguely include outdoor activities and a performance space.
Considering the visual appeal and visceral opportunity, our imaginations are left navigating a world of wonder to come to the TriBeca neighborhood. Perhaps, in a few years, guests of the Duane Street Hotel will be able to take a stroll and catch Beyonce performing on this magical island pier with the city behind her. Perhaps, in a few years, you’ll be able to go rock-climbing above the Hudson and climb higher with the Manhattan high-rises parallel to your elevated field of vision. Who knows what really, specifically, will come of Pier 55. All we can say for sure right now is, something really new and cool is coming to the neighborhood.