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Little Island

New York, New York

Client: Little Island
Design Architect: Heatherwick Studio
Landscape Architect: Mathews Nielsen
Architect of Record: Standard Architects
Theatre Consultant: Charcoal Blue
Completion: 2021

A daring partnership between Barry Diller and the Hudson River Park Trust, Little Island was born from the unique opportunity to envision a solution for the repair and renovation of Pier 54, and re-imagining an entirely new type of public space for New York City, one that would create an immersive experience with nature and art.

In the evening, visitors will first notice the festively illuminated park from a distance, while strolling down the Hudson River Park Esplanade. The historic Cunard-White Star Line Arch, newly restored and sparkling with light, acts as an entry beacon leading to the luminous bridge and the uplit concrete pots supporting the park. Once arrived, the visitor can explore the various highlighted paths, ramps and stairs, take in a show in the Amphitheater, or simply marvel at the unparalleled views of New York City, the Hudson River and New Jersey.

2023 LIT Lighting Design Award – Landscape
2023 ULI Americas Award of Excellence
2022 IESNY Lumen Award of Excellence
2022 IES Illumination Award of Merit
2022 Architecture Magazine Honor Award Exterior Lighting
2022 NLB Tesla Award Special Citation
2022 Engineering News-Record Best Landscape/Urban Development