Hudson River Park Activity Buildings
POSTED ON: 12.21.2010Active recreation is a highly desirable element in cities rediscovering their waterfronts as places for living and enjoyment. As families move into buildings along former industrial areas, the need for sports courts, bike routes, playgrounds, dog runs, boat launches and skateboarding parks arises. To respond to these needs the plan for The Hudson River Park created a number of piers that concentrated these recreational uses.
POSTED ON: 12.21.2010Pier 25 opened November 2010 and Pier 26 opens in 2011. Four buildings were required to support the dozens of planned activities they are expected to hold. WXY’s group of hybrid buildings articulates the new uses of this segment of the Park: miniature golf and snack bar with the Dock Master’s office, utility and maintenance, a boathouse and restaurant with a floating deck, and a skateboarding facility combined with comfort station.
POSTED ON: 12.21.2010The architectural vocabulary draws on the history of robust marine structures and garages. WXY reinterprets the pragmatic nature of utility building with sculptural gestures using scale shifts and a sense of playfulness. Angling rooflines and 3-dimensional signs animate the compositions.
POSTED ON: 12.21.2010The set of buildings share a material palette that shifts in color and shape. They are all single story with the walls and roof zinc clad and equipped with broad overhangs for shade and shelter from the elements. .
POSTED ON: 12.21.2010View of the entrance to the Mini Golf building.
POSTED ON: 12.21.2010View of the Mini Golf building from the adjacent park.
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View of the Skate Park entrance.
POSTED ON: 12.21.2010Skate park building along the Hudson River River Park pedestrian path.
Photography 12.2010: Paul Warchol and Albert Vecerka / Esto