PIER 15
LOCATION / NEW YORK, NY
PHASE / COMPLETED 2011
SIZE / 60,000 SF

Encompassing 14 million sf of public space, the East River Waterfront project creates a constellation of intimately scaled recreational and commercial spaces along the water’s edge. Previously the site of a dilapidated shed, the design of Pier 15 takes advantage of this opportunity by maximizing public use on a limited footprint. The new pier takes cues from New York City’s tradition of two-story recreation piers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Open recreation space is elevated to a second level deck, restoring views of the waterfront, harbor, bridges, and nearby historic ships that have not been seen in generations. The second level also frees space below for ship docking, popular cafes, a maritime education forum and a stepped “lookout,” allowing Pier 15 to function as both a park and a working pier.