Hudson River Park Trust


Thomas Heatherwick’s Pier 55, aka Little Island, Continues Formation Over the Hudson River in Chelsea

Thomas Heatherwick’s 2.4-acre Chelsea park at Pier 55, aka Little Island, continues to take shape above the Hudson River. More of the funnel-shaped concrete pots have been installed on the western end of the project, which reaches 62 feet high at its peak. Large black sheets are spread out across the tops of the sloped surfaces, most likely indicating that a concrete pour recently occurred. Work is being managed by the Hudson River Park Trust (HRPT), and MNLA is designing the landscaping.

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Updated rendering of Pier 97. Rendering courtesy of !melk/Hudson River Park Trust

Hudson River Park Trust Reveals New Renderings of Pier 97

New renderings of Pier 97 have been released by Hudson River Park Trust. Located opposite West 57th Street on the northern end of Hudson River Park, the pier will undergo construction starting next fall. Architecture firm !melk is responsible for the design of the approximately 680-by-120-foot pier and the adjacent upland area fronting the Route 9A bikeway, alongside the western border of Hell’s Kitchen.

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Construction Continues on ‘Little Island,’ Thomas Heatherwick’s Pier 55 Park in Chelsea

The Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation has announced a new name for Thomas Heatherwick’s 2.4-acre Chelsea park on Pier 55: “Little Island.” Work is continuing on the sculptural Hudson River promenade, and progress can be seen along Hudson River Park beyond the large steel frame of the old Cunard Pier 54. The funnel-shaped concrete pots are mostly in place, while a large amount of steel rebar and building materials are being laid on top. These will form the floor underneath a rolling terrain of landscaped hills, an amphitheater, and abundant greenery. The park is being built with a total of 132 piles that will hold each section 15 to 62 feet above sea level. Work is being managed by the Hudson River Park Trust (HRPT), and Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects, P.C. is designing the landscaping, which will have over 100 species of trees and shrubs.

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Thomas Heatherwick’s Pier 55 Sculptural Concrete Pots Near Completion in Chelsea

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.

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