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Around the World Wednesday

Screen Shot 2014-11-12 at 11.38.49 AMA $175 million plan was recently announced for a floating park to join Manhattan’s waterfront. The park, to be known as Pier 55, would live atop a parallelogram-shaped platform 186 feet off the Hudson River shoreline and feature amenities such as three performance venues, including an amphitheater.

Pier 55 would replace Pier 54, a flat-topped structure that extends 875 feet into the Hudson River. Currently, Pier 54 is used for outdoor movies and similar events, but has been slowly collapsing into the river.

We are intrigued by the ambitious plan, which pushes the current boundaries of innovative landscape architecture in public spaces. The proposal imagines a space where people will undeniably have memorable experiences – something we are passionate about at Site solutions. The futuristic park design is made possible by large private investors, including billionaire Barry Diller, former head of Paramount Pictures and Fox, who has pledged $130 million – making the reality of such a proposal that much more exciting.

Proposed park plan would serve as iconic landmark on Manhattan’s waterfront. Credit to Pier55, Inc./Heatherwick Studio.

Proposed park plan would serve as iconic landmark on Manhattan’s waterfront. Credit to Pier55, Inc./Heatherwick Studio.

British designer Thomas Weatherhick (famous for his design of the Olympic caldron for the Summer Olympics in London 2012) designed the park.

The undulating form addresses environmental issues and serves as a marine sanctuary for striped bass. The largest event space in the park could accommodate 1,000 seated people and 2,500 on a lawn. Other nooks and smaller stages are also included.

This rendering depicts one of the proposed social nooks within the park. Credit to Pier55, Inc./Heatherwick Studio.

This rendering depicts one of the proposed social nooks within the park. Credit to Pier55, Inc./Heatherwick Studio.

For more information on the park, check out The New York Times story here: http://nyti.ms/1vhUKKp.

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