Scheming under the radar – The future of Pier 55

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Scheming under the radar – The future of Pier 55

From Curbed NY

Billionaire media mogul Barry Diller and his wife, fashion designerDiane von Furstenberg, are donating $130 million to build afuturistic-looking 2.7 acre park in the Hudson River. If this is the first you’re hearing about this, you’re not alone—after Diller was approached by the Hudson River Park Trust two and a half years ago about helping to replace the crumbling Pier 54, they planned the park basically in secret, with Diller’s commitment rising from $35 million to $130 million as the project became increasingly ambitious. The end result—an amoeba-like undulating structure sitting on 300 concrete pylons, ranging from 70 feet to 15 feet—is from British designerThomas Heatherwick (known for designing the Olympic caldron for the Summer Olympics in London in 2012). [Edit: Mathews Nielsen is serving as Landscape Architect.] It will feature gardens, lawns, and an 800-seat amphitheater, and looks like a set for a fantasy movie (which is to say really, really cool—obviously, if we could all live in a fantasy movie, we would).

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