Pier 55 park is a park designed by Thomas Heatherwick, located on the Hudson River.
The building consists of a single umbrella element with a polygonal top plan that is displaced and repeated to create a cohesive form with staggered heights.
New piles would be necessary to support any type of pier. Instead of sticks holding up a deck, the piles become the deck – they extend into planters that join together to create the park’s surface. The height of the piles varies to create the park’s contours: the corner of the pier is lifted to allow sunlight to reach the marine habitat, and the edge falls to define hills, viewpoints and to carve out a natural amphitheatre for performances. In this way, the pier and its supporting structure are one.