Little island by Heatherwick Studio

 Thomas Heatherwick's Pier 55 park within New York's Hudson River has been renamed Little Island, as visuals and a video detailing the project's construction are released.

Updated details of the project were revealed today by the Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation, which is funding the project.

Now called Little Island, the project is currently taking shape at 55 Hudson Greenway on the Hudson River, just off the shoreline in New York's Chelsea neighbourhood

“What was in my mind was to build something for the people of New York and for anyone who visits—a space that on first sight was dazzling, and upon use made people happy.”

— Barry Diller


Heatherwick Studio's design comprises a total of 132 planters mushroom-shaped concrete columns that will rise above the water to create a new parkland.

"It's a joyous feeling to see Little Island rise up in the Hudson River, and now I can't wait for New Yorkers and its visitors to cross the bridge, leave the boisterous city behind, and play, lay back and be stimulated every which way by the Island," said media mogul Barry Diller, co-founder of Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation.

New footage captures the cast-in concrete planters being lifted by cranes to sit atop piles in the water. They are designed to look like tulips that rise in varying heights – rising between 15 to 62 feet (4.5 to 18.9 metres) above the river to create a topographical landscape, and enable different views of the city.

Little Island will comprise areas to host community events, including performances, arts and educational programmes.


The British studio has worked with Signe Nielson of Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects  to design the 2.4-acre- green space to include lawns, paths and rolling hills. It is also set to be home to 100 species of trees and shrubs.

Renderings show that the park will be accessible from entrances on 13th and 14th Streets via elevated walkways.

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