Pier 55 a new floating island park by Thomas Heatherwick

Pier 55

Pier 55The Hudson River Park Trust (HRPT) and The Diller – von Furstenberg Family Foundation,  announced plans to build “Pier55” a public park and performance space on Manhattan’s lower west side.
Pier 55Thomas Heatherwick has won a competition to create a new floating public park for the Hudson River in New York. Pier 55 is conceived as an undulating landscape of performance venues and planting, built over a cluster of mushroom-shaped columns 56 metres off the Hudson River shoreline.
Pier 55The project will replace the deteriorated Pier 54 and be funded primarily by the Diller –von Furstenberg family, which has established a new nonprofit, the Pier55 Fund (P55). P55 will build and operate the pier in cooperation with Hudson River Park Trust.
Pier 55Construction of the 2.35-acre pier is expected to commence in 2016 at a cost in excess of $130 million, the majority of which will be funded from a donation by media mogul Barry Diller and his wife, fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg.to which the City of New York will contribute $17 million and New York State will provide $18 million for the construction of an expanded public esplanade that will run from Bloomfield Street to 14th Street.
Pier 55The majority of Pier55’s programming will be free and low cost, with prices set in accordance with nonprofit programming in New York City. The pier will be a place of discovery, where visitors can wander and wonder, finding something new around every corner: places to lounge, eat lunch, or just lie in the grass.
Pier 55The park’s undulating topography,  replete with lush lawns and pathways  will offer sweeping views of the Manhattan and northern New Jersey skylines for all park-goers and provide a natural viewing area for the new performance space, which will be designed to immediately serve as one of New York City’s premier venues for music, dance, theater and public art, along with community events.
Pier 55Described as a “treasure island”, it will include a 700-seat amphitheatre imagined as a performance space for music, dance, theatre and public art. Construction of the pier is scheduled to commence in 2016.
Pier 55Location: Manhattan, New York City, USA
Architect: Thomas Heatherwick
Landscape Architect: Mathews Nielsen
Cost: $ 130 milion
Year project: 2014
Start costruction: 2016
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