Lot-ek’s Pier 57




Determined to open up NYC’s waterfront to the public, the Hudson River Park Trust transforms the West side’s old shipping docks — once used to bring in cargo into the city — into elongated recreational spaces, connected by a green promenade. With several piers already completed, the park board recently chose LOT-EK’s design for Pier 57, located outside Chelsea. The architecture firm proposed a waterfront attraction to be constructed of refurbished shipping containers, and decked out with a rooftop for watching films, flexible green space, open-air public market, and underwater educational and exhibition space.

More projects of LOT-EK are featured here on this Superuse-channel and they realy know how to turn a basic shipping container into nice architecture. However, the Hudson River Park Trust and community were more serious, and slightly more weary about if the shipping containers would comply with building codes, not to mention if the shipping containers would make the interior dingy and uninviting. Sources from the The Architect’s Newspaper claim that the success and popularity of Puma City in Boston changed their minds and swayed their decision. Sometimes it seems that: In order to build, you have to have build.

The proposed structure will include 170,000 square feet for work spaces, ideally rented out to local artisans, and a public market for selling their wares. LOT-EK (and developer YoungWoo & Associates) brought in Urban Space Management to help manage their proposed lively and eclectic mix of renters. Below the water levels, the architects propose an additional 90,000-square-foot ‘Underwater Discovery Center’ which includes exhibition and education spaces.

The development looks gigantic, it covers the whole pier, however, the proposal is a rather thoughtful mix of recreational and cultural spaces. All arranged in re-purposed shipping containers, this highly-public project is perhaps proof that environmentally and socially conscious design can be mainstream, or even better, are going to be part of the mainstream. The project takes years before this pier-park combination will be completed. The intetion layed down and approved by the Hudson River Park Trust, shows the way for a great future.

Architect: Lot-ek – http://www.lot-ek.com/

Landscape architect: West8

Pier 57 (2008 – 2013?)

Superused: pier 57 and a lot full of shipping containers

Hudson + 15th street, New York, USA

Story is inspired by: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/08/07/lot-ek-proposes-pier-made-of-shipping-containers/ thanx to Mizzfysh and Olivia Chen.

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