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On Manhattan’s newest ‘beach’, nARCHITECTS is designing a park pavilion for the Henry Hudson River Park Trust. Shifting from its previous mercantile and industrial use, the site will be transformed into the new 5.65 acre Gansevoort Peninsula Park, led by the landscape architect James Corner Field Operations. The park introduces open spaces for the community, including a beach, kayak launch, sports field, salt marsh and a boardwalk located on the last remnant of 13th Avenue.

Our park pavilion serves as a gateway between the city and the waterfront. Public amenity and maintenance functions are dispersed across three separate volumes connected by a canopy. Between the volumes and the canopy, a series of portals strategically frame the pedestrian and bike promenade activity on the east with the park activities to the west.

Highly visible from the Whitney Museum’s terraces to the southeast, the pavilion offers a striking new landmark from above. The large openings in the canopy evoke the geometric forms and light effects of Gordon Matta Clark’s cuts into a warehouse on the same site for his 1975 installation “Day’s End”. Green roofs multiply the native plantings on the ground below, broadcasting the new park’s identity to the surrounding towers. Construction is expected to begin in 2021.

The building’s facade will be made of perforated corrugated cast concrete panels. The backlit panels  will cast varying lighting effects as the park transitions from day to night.

Client: Henry Hudson River Park Trust / James Corner Field Operations
Location: New York, NY
Status: Construction Documentation
Dates: 2019 – 2022
Sq Footage: 6,800
Program: Park pavilion amenities for Manhattan’s first beach

Design Team: Mimi Hoang, Eric Bunge (Partners) | Eugenie Bliah | Suemin Jeon, Lucas MacMillan, Matthew Sikora, Gogo Zhu

Collaborators: Landscape Architecture: James Corner Field Operations | Structural Engineer: Silman | MEP Engineer: Plus Group | Lighting Consultant: HLB | Façade Consultant: Front | Civil and Traffic Engineer: Philip Habb & Associates | Site MEP Engineer: Altieri | Marine and Geotechnical Engineer: Langan | Soils Consultant: Craul Land Scientists | Irrigation: Northern Designs LLC | Natural Resources: eDesign Dynamics