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Pier 55 Hudson River Park

Chelsea Shoreline Park, New York City, NY, USA design by Heatherwick Studio, UK

Jul 3 + Jun 30, 2016

Pier 55 Construction Halted

Design: Heatherwick Studio, with landscape architect Mathews Nielsen

Court Halts Construction of Hudson River Park Backed by Barry Diller

A New York State appeals court ordered on Thursday that work be temporarily halted on Pier 55, the Chelsea riverfront park park planned along the Hudson River and financed mostly by the billionaire businessman Barry Diller, reports The New York Times.

Justices with the court, the Appellate Division, First Judicial Department, granted a preliminary injunction stopping the work in response to a motion by the City Club of New York, a civic group that is appealing a lower court’s dismissal of its lawsuit seeking to halt the project until it is approved by the State Legislature and has a new environmental review.

Ironically over in London controversy also dogs the very public Garden Bridge design by Heatherwick Studio across the River Thames.

Website: Pier 55 Hudson River Park Construction Halted – article in the New York Times

May 4, 2016

Pier 55, Hudson River Park

Design: Heatherwick Studio, with landscape architect Mathews Nielsen

Pier 55 Manhattan – Hudson River Park

British designer Thomas Heatherwick‘s elevated park over the Hudson River has been approved by planners and will go on site in summer.

Pier 55 Hudson River Park
images courtesy Heatherwick Studio

The 2.7-acre $130 million Pier 55 has been given final consent by the US Army Corps of Engineers (New York’s environmental conservation department), after the project overcame a lawsuit from civic organisation City Club of New York in April.

Pier 55 Hudson River Park

Heatherwick Studio’s $130m design features white mushroom-like stilts that emerge from the Hudson River to support the undulating landscape, reports Dezeen.

Pier 55 Hudson River Park

Located 50 metres off the Chelsea shoreline, the island will connect to the esplanade via two angled walkways.
Working with landscape architect Mathews Nielsen, the design team has envisaged a series of meandering pathways, pockets of trees and a series of viewing platforms.

Pier 55 Hudson River Park

“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,” said Heatherwick Studio.

Pier 55 Hudson River Park

The Pier 55 park is also proposed as a performance venue, and will include a 700-seat amphitheatre for music, dance, theatre and public art.

Pier 55 Hudson River Park

The project is being funded by media mogul Barry Diller and fashion designer Diane Von Furstenberg.

The couple has pledged $113m towards construction, and set up non-profit organisation Pier55 Inc with film and theatre producer Scott Rudin to operate and manage the cultural programme.

The Chelsea riverfront park is due to complete in 2019.

Pier 55 Hudson River Park

The Pier 55 design was first unveiled in November 2014, and is among a number of landscape-focused projects proposed by Thomas Heatherwick: the Garden Bridge in London, a sunken oasis for Abu Dhabi and a Shanghai housing development covered in trees.

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Location: Chelsea, New York City, USA

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