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Pier 26’s eco-friendly transformation flaunted in new renderings

Construction is still more than a year away

Rendering of Pier 26 courtesy of Olin Studio

Little over a year after it was announced that architect Rafael Viñoly and landscape firm Olin would design the makeover of Pier 26 in Tribeca, we now have the first renderings of the project, even though they’re still preliminary in nature.

The Hudson River Park Trust (HRPT), which oversees the management of the pier, presented the plans to the public this week at a community board meeting, Tribeca Citizen reported. It’s not just the design that’s compelling, but this futuristic park will be choc-a-block full of activities when it’s complete.

That includes elevated walkways, lounging areas, distinct green areas that have been labeled “forest,” and “lawn” in renderings. In addition there will also be recreational areas for sports, and a playground for children.

A standout feature in the design however is the “lounge nets” area which is essentially a space created by placing netting over the water so it gives people a sense of practically being immersed in the river.

The pier is being designed for the most part by Olin, and the Rafael Viñoly-design of this project pertains to the estuarium—an education center that will be located towards the entrance of the pier.

The pier itself is located between North Moore Street and Hubert Street and underwent a structural renovation in 2008 and 2009. Plans to redevelop the pier have been afoot since, and at the community board meeting, the president of the HRPT, Madelyn Wils, said it had now secured the adequate funding to move forward.

$10 million each were contributed by the city, CitiGroup, and the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation. The designs received praise at the community board meeting as the architects had incorporated many suggestions by local residents, according to DNAinfo. Construction is likely to get underway about a year from now.

Now check out all the captivating renderings below: