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.
After beating out a group of 107 teams of international renown, the team consisting of our friends at Woods Bagot and Diller Scofidio + Renfro has been selected by Arts South Australia (the Australian Government’s ministry for funding for the arts and cultural heritage) to build an arts facility in Adelaide, state capital of South Australia, which will sit at the edge of a Botanic Garden near the Art Gallery of South Australia. The museum includes a sculpture park and, it is hoped, will become the foremost repository of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art in the country. The designers call their scheme a “soft beacon” which follows the sloping grade of the building site. While by day the glassy structure will reflect the sky, at night the galleries will glow from within, offering glimpses inside at the collection to passersby. The plan also includes floating “sky galleries” on the top floor, and a suspended rooftop garden which in its design pays tribute to the site’s precolonial landscape, the traditional lands of the Karuna people.