NYC’s Pier55 Begins to Rise in the Hudson River

 

 

 

Heatherwick Design Studio exhibition at Cooper Hewitt, 2014 entitled, Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio

In the exhibition, Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio at Cooper Hewitt in June, 2015, along with a vast array of Heatherwick’s unique design concepts and projects, New Yorkers got a sneak-peek of Heatherwick’s Hudson River  project Pier55.  At the time, the project seemed not only far-off in our future, but fraught with problems from financial to environmental.

The project, Pier55, has broken ~ water ~ with an anticipated opening date! We were at that Cooper Hewitt exhibition in 2015, and reviewed our photographs of the images that will be brought to life within this next two years. Below are a few photos from this exhibition ~ architectural models and large-scale renderings for Pier55, a public park and performance space currently being constructed and jetting out 186 feet from the edge of Manhattan into the Hudson River.

Heatherwick Design Studio exhibition at Cooper Hewitt, 2014 entitled, Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio

There is a special historic significance to this location. In April, 1912, the survivors of the Titanic were brought ashore at Cunards Pier 54, which will be replaced by Heatherwick’s Studio Design & Architecture ~ Pier55, a 2.7 acre park and performance space. The remaining steel structure of the historic Cunard Pier 54 building will be preserved as the gateway to one of the two paths leading to Pier55.

Model of a side-image of Pier55

It should be mentioned that Pier55, originally proposed by media mogul Barry Diller and Hudson River Park Trust (2014), and almost derailed, will continue to move forward through a deal brokered by Governor Andrew Cuomo, who pledged $50 million, with a matching investment from Bill De Blasio and the City of New York.

Rising 62 feet at its southwest corner, it will be above all estimates for a hurricane storm surge. Pier55 will include educational programming with in-school learning opportunities.

Model of Pier55

More than 100 different species of indigenous trees and plants suited to the harsh extremes of the New York climate have been identified in an intricate and massive plan by Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects (MNLA), inspired by the diverse landscape of Acadia National Park in Maine.

Model of the amphitheater to be built on Pier55

The amphitheater will hold music, dance, theatre, pubic art and community events, with an outdoor theatre for over 700 people and a smaller performance space for 200. there will also be a main space for 3,500 with many pathways and viewing platforms. It is expected to have 250 events each season beginning in 2021.

Model of one of the 425 piles to be placed in the Hudson River to hold Pier55
Heatherwick design ~ 425 piles will rise up out of the water to hold Pier55

Pier55 will be located in Hudson River Park near West 13th Street, with an anticipated opening date of Fall, 2020, and first performance to debut in 2021. It will be managed by Hudson River Park Trust (HRPT).

Exhibition ~ Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick at Cooper Hewitt, 2015

Google will be occupying Pier 57 with a certain 250,000 square foot space, and proposed additional 70,000 square feet of offices plus 50,000 square feet of community-based space which could include public outdoor space for educational programs and cultural events, and a rooftop restaurant. The Pier may even have a landing for ferry service.

And Pier 52 will have a rocky shoreline beach and recreational boating area.