Heatherwick Studio-designed Little Island opens above NYC’s Hudson River

The Heatherwick Studio, MNLA, and Arup-designed Little Island opens in New York City, unlocking 1 ha (2.4 acre) of public park and performance space above the Hudson River.

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Little Island, the new 1-ha (2.4-acre) urban park and performance venue situated above the Hudson River in New York City is open. Owned by the Hudson River Park and designed by Heatherwick Studio and the New York-based landscape architecture firm MNLA, the opening of Little Island is the culmination of more than eight years of planning, development, and construction.

The design team joined forces to deliver a unique ‘floating’ urban oasis using 3D design and prefabrication techniques, that includes a 687-seat amphitheater and features nearly 400 different species of trees, shrubs, grasses, and perennials.

Originally posted at Construction Specifier