With the help of Rockwell Group, Rooftop of South Street Seaport’s Pier 17 to become a winter village
As part of a larger scheme to revitalize the South Street Seaport, a new ice skating rink, developed by the Howard Hughes Corporation and designed by our friends at Rockwell Group, is coming to the roof of the Pier 17 entertainment/leisure complex by our friends at SHoP Architects. The proposed ice rink would be slightly smaller than that at Rockefeller Center and would feature a skate shop and a warming hut. As Pier 17 is part of the South Street Seaport Historic District, the project will only be able to move forward if it is approved by the Landmarks Preservation Commission. Hughes sees the rink as a means of attracting visitors to the Seaport at wintertime, where previously people stayed away in the colder months; a similar strategy having been employed at Rockefeller Center and more recently Bryant Park. The “winter village” will join other Pier 17 projects such as the Heineken Riverdeck waterfront bar designed by our friends at Woods Bagot, as well as restaurants from Jean-Georges Vongerichten, David Chang, and Andrew Carmellini, and a 19,K SqFt ESPN studio.
Financed by the Howard Hughes Corporation and designed by our friends at SHoP Architects, with landscape architecture (including outdoor furniture) by our friends at James Corner Field Operations, the Pier 17 revitalization is nearing completion after 4 years of planning and construction. A 300,K SqFt mall and public space, the plan has experienced a number of revisions since it was originally presented to the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC). The roof of the mall is now covered in pavers and designed with a view towards flexibility; the design features planters which can be moved to accommodate larger crowds, as well as a freight elevator which allows food trucks onto the roof directly from the adjacent FDR parkway; the roof can accommodate 3,400 standing guests. The mall is structured as a series of buildings within building, which in their design and implementation utilized materials paying homage to the pier’s natural heritage: sustainably harvested tropical hardwood, corrugated zinc sheets and tiles.