KEN SMITH WORKSHOP

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE

URBANISM

ART

 East River Waterfront: Mussel Beach, NYC

Start Date: 2004

Completion Date: Pier 35-2013

 

NYC Economic Development Corporation, client

Ron Alaveras, ecologist

SHoP, architects

HDR/Arup, engineering

Tillotson Design Associates, lighting design

 

Peter Mauss / ESTO, photography

A collapsing section of Pier 15 was programmed as an ecological demonstration project as part of the design for the East River Waterfront Esplanade and Piers project, in New York City.  A habitat feature was specially designed for mussels with sloping surfaces, textures and rockeries in the tidal zone.  Working with ecologist Ron Aleveras, Ken Smith Workshop designed a folded and sloping terrain of specially textured surfaces and rockeries to support mussel.  A footbridge, yet to be constructed will provide access across and visibility into the habitat feature.  Upland community plantings will provide a setting for the feature.

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