The Netherlands

West 8 urban design & landscape architecture b.v.

Nico Koomanskade 1021
3072 LM Rotterdam
The Netherlands

+31 (0) 10 485 5801

Belgium

West 8 Brussels urban design & landscape architecture bvba

Waaienberg 123
1745 Opwijk
Belgium

+31 (0) 10 485 5801

United States

West 8 urban design & landscape architecture p.c.

2133 Arch Street, Suite 101
Philadelphia, PA 19103
United States of America

+1 347 371 2252

Beacon in the New York Harbor

Governors Island, New York, USA

Transforming a former military base into a true place for all New Yorkers to come together.

An unparalleled 360 degree panoramic view of the New York Harbor

Placemaking: Engaging the public and creating an island for New Yorkers to explore.

The Masterplan vision transformed derelict land into a place of robust native habitats, creating a resilient, immersive and thriving open space for both local wildlife and communities to thrive.

Adaptive reuse &
Transforming Through Topography

Resilient in the face of rising waters

Team

Lead Designer/Prime Consultant:
West 8 urban design & landscape architecture p.c.
Associate Landscape Architect:
Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects
Lead Civil Engineer:
Magnusson Klemencic Associates
Local Civil Engineer: AKRF
Geotechnical Engineer: Hart Crowser Inc.
Signage and Wayfinding: Pentagram
Lighting: Tillotson
Design Associates MEP Engineer: Dagher Associates
Soils Consultant: Pine and Swallow
EnvironmentalIrrigation Consultants: Northern Designs
Code Consultants: Code Consulting Inc.
Cost Estimator: Faithful & Gould
Operations and Maintenance: ETM Associates
Surveyors of Record: Langan

Photography

© Kreg Holt, Timothy Schenck, Iwan Baan

Video

The Trust for Governors Island

Client

The Trust for Governors Island

Winning the 2006 international design competition winning entry, the vision was developed into the Parks and Public Spaces Master Plan.

The Master Plan for the Governors Island Park and Public Spaces encompasses 87 acres. The landscapes of the northern Historic District total 33 acres and the new Park and Public Spaces to the south total 40 acres. The Great Promenade, 2.2 miles in length, runs the complete periphery of the Island. Developed from the 2006 international design competition winning entry, the vision has since been developed into a richly conceived and feasible Master Plan, which will serve as the catalyst and driver for the redevelopment of the Island’s future.

The re-imagining of the Island landscape also goes hand-in-hand with its rediscovery by the people of New York City. Thousands of whom contributed ideas about what they would like to see in the park and public spaces. As such, the planning principles and design strategies are rooted in a deep understanding of the Island’s inherent attributes and its potential as a resource for the entire region.

Client
The Trust for Governors Island

Partners
Rogers Marvel Architects
Diller, Scofidio + Renfro, Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects
Urban Design +

Imagery
© Kreg Holt, Timothy Schenck, Iwan Baan