Pier 40 Hudson River Apartments, New York

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Pier 40 Hudson River Apartments

Chelsea Shoreline Properties, New York City, NY, USA – design by DFA

Feb 15, 2018

Pier 40 Hudson River Apartments

Design: DFA

Pier 40 Hudson River Apartments

Manhattan multidisciplinary creative firm DFA has come up with a concept for the rehabilitation of Manhattan’s rapidly disintegrating Pier 40 that would provide housing and other services, but would also adapt to the predicted rising sea levels of future New York City.

Pier 40 Hudson River Apartments New York City design
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New York City’s sea level is expected to rise 11-30 inches by 2050 and between 50 to 75 inches by 2100, with the majority of current buildings not designed to accommodate such inevitable changes, report DFA.

Pier 40 Hudson River Apartments New York design

DFA’s vision for Pier 40, a 15-acre structure in the Hudson River that is greatly in need of repairs, takes a longer-term view with comprehensive design approach for the future.

Following an analysis of the zoning and state of existing piles, DFA identified areas that are fit for supporting clusters of program influenced by the Pier’s predominant recreational use and addressing a city-wide need for affordable housing.

Pier 40 Hudson River design

From this four tower typologies ranging between 96- to 455-feet tall emerge as viable options for spreading 450-units and a variety of housing density across the site. Combining the analysis with design, DFA utilized an algorithm to determine the optimal location for each tower type, determining that each tower must have at least three structurally sound connection points to support the weight/load.

Pier 40 Hudson River towers New York City

The Pier’s existing structure is optimized for performance as the foundation for a New York’s community today, tomorrow and until the year 2100.

The real-life Pier 40 development project currently on the table, which focuses on the redevelopment of the St. John’s terminal building across the street in the West Village, is supported by the Hudson River Park Trust and the de Blasio administration and would include affordable housing.

Pier 40 Manhattan building

DFA’s Pier 40 proposal is part of a series of projects meant to envision a better future for New York City.

DFA is a multidisciplinary firm based in New York that utilizes design as a critical yet playful mediator between program, materiality, and structure. The firm’s projects include new construction, adaptive reuse and renovations for retail, commercial real estate, institutional and private residential clients.

Pier 40 towers Manhattan building design

Pier 40 New York City – Building Information

Location: Hudson River Park, NY
Client: Public-Private
Role: Master Planner, Design Architect
Type: Adaptive Reuse, New Construction
Program: Mixed-Use; Commercial, Retail & Culture; Public Space
Status: Proposal 2018

Website: Pier 40 Hudson River Apartments, New York City

Pier 55, Hudson River Park

Design: Heatherwick Studio, with landscape architect Mathews Nielsen

Pier 55 Manhattan – Hudson River Park

British designer Thomas Heatherwick’s elevated park over the Hudson River.

Pier 55 Hudson River Park
images courtesy Heatherwick Studio

The 2.7-acre $130 million Pier 55 was given final consent by the US Army Corps of Engineers (New York’s environmental conservation department), after the project overcame a lawsuit from civic organisation City Club of New York.

Heatherwick Studio’s $130m design features white mushroom-like stilts that emerge from the Hudson River to support the undulating landscape.

Pier 55 Hudson River Park

Pier 55 Hudson River Park by Heatherwick Studio


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