We’ve already heard about some of New York’s efforts to go green and give the overcrowded city a bit more breathing room by adding public space. The Hudson River Park Trust is continuing this trend in its efforts to transform the shipping docks that line the Hudson River into recreational and small business localities.
They’ve already transformed a few of the piers, but their newest plans for Pier 57 will put an interesting spin on this concept of recycling land. The HRPT has accepted the design of LOT-EK, a group of architects who want to turn Pier 57 into a recreational area built out of refurbished shipping containers.
Most projects that focus on recycling only pay it lip service. They do the recycling, sure, but they mostly just point out that they are doing it to attract attention. It isn’t very often that you see a building flaunt their recycled materials in such a raw condition, especially when the recycled objects are as ugly as shipping containers.
While making Pier 57 visually appealing is going to be a massive undertaking, the project does have a certain historic appeal. Putting aside the obvious environmental advantages of recycling, the project incorporates the shipping history of the region into the design. The shipping containers, while admittedly ugly, will fit right in.
But that’s enough about how the shipping containers will probably be ugly. A lot of the conceptual pictures actually hold some promise, and the pier will offer some interesting features, like an underwater level, an open-air mall in the middle level, and a park on the uppermost level. Overall, Pier 57 will have a quaint charm that will be sure to lure businesses, shoppers, and families who want to spend a day together. After all, the city’s already got Central Park, so it’s not like there’s any need to make it a breathtakingly beautiful space. It will be an interesting mix of waterfront architecture, public space, environmentalism, and New York history.