Gallery: LOT-EK to Build Pier 57 Made of Shipping Containers!


Committed to opening up NYC’s waterfront to the public, the Hudson River Park Trust transforms the West side’s old shipping docks — once used to bring in cargo into the city — into elongated recreational spaces, connected by a green promenade. With several piers already completed, the park board recently chose Inhabitat-fav LOT-EK‘s design for Pier 57, located outside Chelsea. The architecture firm proposed a waterfront attraction to be constructed of refurbished shipping containers, and decked out with a rooftop for watching films, flexible green space, open-air public market, and underwater educational and exhibition space.

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  4. tomodear September 6, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    I would like to leave a word of caution, as these shipping containers that have been used in Boston and that will probably be also used in NYC might not actually be “used” shipping containers. Though I have heard rumors that these reused shipping container structures are actually built from new and manufactured containers, I do not have the proof. Despite all of that, using a used container begs to ask about the state of it’s structural integrity. Additionaly, I have heard lectures, videos, and interviews of LOT-EK outright saying that they are not a “green” or “sustainable” firm, nor do they strive to be.

    But, alas, I do enjoy their work, and I think that it does encourage people to explore these areas of design. My gripe is just with the praise given for something not necessarily “green”… could this be greenwashing?

  5. StructureHub August 7, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    I’m not so sure that shipping container design has reached the mainstream (in fact, I am sure it hasn’t), but the massive scale of this project (I’m guessing the largest of its ilk so far?) should definitely propel it in that direction – IF it is executed well. I must say, too, that the simple strategy of having a long roof garden was a clever way to get both interior commercial space (for all seasons) and outdoor public space; other proposals sacrificed one for the other quite commonly.

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