In the first eight years since the plans were proposed for the new waterfront park on the west side of Manhattan, they have followed a tried-and-true formula. Using stacks of old piers to create a thin river landscape extending the city grid. Thomas Heatherwick, a London-based designer whose completed ship anches Hudson Yards, was one of those asked to take into account the job.
The Commission, designing a pavilion for a pier park, was misguided by Heatherwick’s thinking. “A fancy plan was the initial idea,” he said over the London phone to AD. “The first thing was quite flat. The obvious appeal of this orientation – a flat, wavey scheme – seemed entirely improper when he began thinking about the design questions. He clarifies, “We aren’t in helicopters.”
Heatherwick developed a completely new concept, leading to three-dimensional diversity and not just one. “It doesn’t lead to a park to place a few plants and trees on a flat surface,” he explains. “We didn’t want to make this a glorified car park.” Therefore, he turned to topography to create a more dynamic landscape experience that draws on the heritage of England.
The environment was therefore distinguished by the remaining Hudson River Park.
“The potential enjoyment of the project is not a part of Manhattan,” heatherwick describes. In his opinion, the success of the park would depend on how far from the city it can create an environment in its own right. “We wanted to build a buffer between the park and the highway,” he said.
By building a pond connecting Hudson River Park and Little Island, Heatherwick succeeded in this. Heatherwick folded the park upside of Manhattan and ran the barrier down, which allowed guests not to join the park’s closest border. To reach the heart of Little Island surrounded by parkscape, separated from the city. Heatherwick says “There is a more dynamic interaction between the pier and the edge.
Heatherwick hopes the site will not only do what public parks do best but also bring people into contact, in addition to activities and facilities. “These other problems that we are all confronting are in a crisis place,” he says, referring to the state of many metropolises. “We’re so technologically linked,” he says, “but it’s divided us into distinct tribes.
” With this project, “we are just as interested in how this project works in the daily experience of roaming people — all together.”
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