The large concrete pots that form the foundation of Thomas Heatherwick’s Pier 55 park over the Hudson River are close to completion. These massive, funnel-shaped components are anchored to a number of individual concrete piers and create a striking appearance from the shore. They serve to support the pier’s undulating, rolling terrain and varying topographical elevations, which will eventually be covered in a lush landscape of vegetation and greenery. The construction site is located along the Chelsea waterfront and rises where Cunard’s Pier 54 once stood. The 2.7-acre park features a total of 425 piles and is being managed by the Hudson River Park Trust (HRPT). Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects, P.C. is designing the landscaping.
Photographs from Hudson River Park show the pots almost all completed and should soon get a concrete pour to form the floor of the park and base for the landscaping. The design concept is supposed to resemble a leaf floating on water
The concrete pots, which are composed of four to six individual segments called petals, were manufactured by the Fort Miller Company concrete plant in Easton, New York and shipped down the Hudson River. Tree planting and landscaping should happen next year.
Completion is expected by spring 2021.