I recently posted an article about the opening of the HighLine
in New york City where abandoned elevated railways are being remade into park-like walkways. Now a similar concept will be applied to Pier 57. The Hudson River Park Trust have announced that developer YoungWoo & Associates with New York architects LOT-EK have been selected to remake the pier into something new. Their winning design is based on shipping containers. This is a similar design to the one that LOT-EK has used successfully in Puma City in Boston. The lower part of the pier will be made into studios and shops for artists while the roof will be developed into a park with large trees and walkways.
A key part of the project, and the winning design, is preservation of the Pier's industrial history. The Board wanted something that would be modern and add to the city but would also remind people of the pier's original purpose. The shipping containers provide this connection and the rest of the design surrounds them with transparency, light, and greenery.
The Pier's original service ramp will be preserved in the design as a seating area above the park that looks down into an outdoor theater.
Of course there are still hurdles that have to be cleared before construction can begin but this promises to be a very nice addition to the Hudson waterfront.