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Governors Island Park
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DESIGNER
 
 
West 8
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DESCRIPTION
 
West 8 Governor Island New YorkThe aim of West 8’s winning design competition entry for Governors Island’s future open space was to create a World Park with robust nature and the presence of primal natural elements; a landscape with the attitude of a National Park, the un-central park. Its context is not the setting of urbanity; its context is of nature, of water and of the ecology. The Island will provide places to relax, play sports and explore, amidst the historic monuments shaped by the rich history of Governors Island. And all with an incredible view of the Statue of Liberty and the skyline of the city.

West 8 Governor Island New YorkLeaving the city, the contact with the water, watching back over your shoulder - the experience begins the moment you set off for Governors Island on the ferry. Spectacular views of the city emerge around you. The Island’s vertical landscape acts as a green echo to the skyline of Manhattan. Standing on the hill tops one will experience immaculate perspectives across the Upper New York Bay. The hills can be programmed within: all kinds of (water) experiences, exhibits, health spas, caves for spelunking etc. These unique experiences make the Island a special place - an oasis yet to be discovered.

The Southern part of Governors Island consists of wet marshes for ecological, recreational and didactic uses. This will be a unique habitat for wetland flora and fauna. Free wooden bicycles will be available to ride around the many looping tracks and paths. The characteristic path system connects to the Great Promenade and perimeter of the Island. An organic grid of pathways creates smaller spaces that can function from the simple meadow to potential future building plots.

West 8 Governor Island New YorkIn the North Island and National Monuments district, existing buildings can be re-programmed and used for spas, university and educational functions and culinary/ haute cuisine. The Summer Park and the terraces in front of Liggett Hall will offer a variety of seasonal botanical park experiences and leisure facilities.

The creation of the World Park will be a long-term process. In the future it is envisioned that intensive vaporetto traffic to the Island will be in place. Over time a collection of distinctive and interesting programs will make the island a necessary destination to return to.
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LOCATION
 
Continent
North America
Nation
United States
State
New York
Metropolitan area
New York City
County
New York
Town
New York - Manhattan
Isle
Governors Island
 
 
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TYPOLOGY
 
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LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE AND NATURAL ENVIRONMENTS
Landscape architecture
Public parks

TOWN PLANNING AND URBAN DESIGN
Urban and territorial planning
Plans on a territorial scale
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ARCHITECTURE
Transport buildings and structures
Means of locomotion

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE AND NATURAL ENVIRONMENTS
Landscape architecture
Waterfront
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CHRONOLOGY
 
Project
2007     project winner of competition
Realisation
2012 - 2016
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AWARDS
 
2011
Award of Merit
New York Chapter of the ASLA
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BIBILIOGRAPHIC REFERENCES
 
 
Tim McKeough, "West 8 team wins Governors Island competition", Architectural Record 2/2008, february 2008, p. 36
Tim McKeough, "Governors Island development moves forward", Architectural Record 4/2007, april 2007, p. 34
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CLIENT
 
 
Governors Island Preservation and Education Design (GIPEC)/ The Trust for Governors Island
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AMOUNT
 
 
$ 200,000,000
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STRUCTURES
 
 
MKA
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LANDSCAPE DESIGN
 
 
West 8 urban design & landscape architecture
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STAFF
 
Project
West 8 urban design & landscape architecture
Partner
Rogers Marvel Architects
Diller, Scofidio + Renfro
SMWM
Urban Design+
Design team
Adriaan Geuze, Jamie Maslyn Larson, Claire Agre, Juan Figueroa Calero, Pieter Hoen, Enrique Ibáñez González, Joost Koningen, Rob Koningen, Sander Lap, Rachel Laszlo, Silvia Lupini, Perry Maas, Jamie Maslyn Larson, Askar Ramazanov, Alyssa Schwann, Matthew Skjonsberg, Joris Weijts, Claudia Wolsfeld, David Zielnicki, Shachar Zur
Landscape design
MNLA (Associate Landscape Architect)
Architect of record
AKRF (Local Engineer)
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CREDITS
 
 
Images © West 8 urban design & landscape architecture
Images and text courtesy by West 8 urban design & landscape architecture

West 8 Governors Island new York



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