This (initially $200 million) project consists of a 40-acre park, a 2.2 mile waterfront esplanade, and 33 acres of historic landscape restoration. While a partner at West 8, !melk’s founder Jerry van Eyck was the project director, leading a multi-disciplinary team to win the project in an international design competition, and remained responsible for the project through the master plan stage.
Located in the New York Harbor, the master plan for Governors Island converts an 87-acre historic site, landmark, and former U.S. Coast Guard facility into a colossal city park. Being fully aware and familiar with projects that address rising sea-levels, the design establishes a vocabulary of topographic variety to help mitigate potential flood events and to protect site amenities and key structures. Partially designed on landfill area, the robust vertical landscapes are constructed with materials recycled from building demolitions. Standing on its many hilltops, one will experience unencumbered views across New York Harbor toward the Manhattan skyline, the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn, and beyond. The mixed-use program, prescribed by the City of New York, is reflected in the master plan through the use of a diversity of open spaces, including wooded walks, open meadows, and plazas for events, areas to play sports, and appropriated program.
West 8 (Jerry van Eyck project director), Rogers Marvel Architects (architects), Diller Scofidio + Renfro (architects), Urban Design+ (public outreach), ETM Associates (operations & maintenance), Arup (engineer)
Built by Women New York City Award, BWAF (2014), Honor Award, ASLA (2012), Award for Excellence in Design, Public Design Commission New York (2012), Center for Architecture Foundation Award, AIA New York (2011), Merit Award, ASLA New York (2011), Open House New York Award, Open House New York (2011), Special Recognition Award, Municipal Art Society (2010), Special Citation, AIA New York (2009), Honor Award, AIA New York (2008), Green Around Downtown Award, Alliance for Downtown New York (2008)