The Elevated Acre at 55 Water St.

The Elevated Acre at 55 Water St.

The Elevated Acre at 55 Water St.

The Elevated Acre is a one-acre garden oasis at 55 Water Street in Manhattan’s Financial District with panoramic views of the Brooklyn Bridge and New York Harbor amidst lush seasonal flora and under the plaza’s beacon tower.



 


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The design for this elevated plaza transformed a barren, windswept deck into a vibrant, multi-programmed and accessible public park. © Nathan Sayers
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The new site ties into the planned Green Necklace that circles the edge of Manhattan.
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Panoramic views of the Brooklyn Bridge and New York Harbor under the plaza’s beacon tower. © Nathan Sayers
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A gleaming cascade of new escalators, stairs and planting beckons pedestrians at street level to discover what may be at the top. Planters and glowing glass panels help break up the ascent from street level. The original park was planned as part of an unrealized ring of pedestrian urban spaces at 33’ above street level. © Nathan Sayers
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The structure allows each panel of glass to be installed within a three-inch tolerance, giving the facade a subtle texture. © Nathan Sayers
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The ipe clad base of the tower provides storage for food service and other event support. © Nathan Sayers
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The Beacon is illuminated by programmable LEDs announcing the park to visitors along the highway, the harbor and across the river in Brooklyn Heights. © Nathan Sayers
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The Elevated Acre provides support space for year-round events, additional park amenities and concessions services. The Park is designed to host a wide range of year-round programs from an ice-rink to outdoor amphitheater and wedding receptions. © Nathan Sayers
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The elevated acre is the site of many public events. Ipe and steel benches sit near the planted ‘hills,’ providing moments of relative privacy. © Peter Mauss/ESTO
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Neighbors meet for movies under the stars. Photo courtesy of NY Magazine.
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Competition Boards
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Graham; A.W. after; T.K. Wharton. New York from Brooklyn Heights.; 1834.; Engraving.; Painted and Engraved for the New York Mirror 1834. Picture Collection © The New York Public Library; Astor; Lenox and Tilden Foundations
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© Nathan Sayers
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Concrete benches surround the event lawn allowing the space to function as an amphitheater. Concealed LEDs illuminate the steps. © Nathan Sayers
Year
2005
Location
Brooklyn, New York
Client
The New Water Street Corporation
Typology
Public Space, Park /Recreation
Size
1 Acre space in lower Manhattan SF
Consultants
Ken Smith Workshop
Awards
AIA NYC Building Type Awards, Urban Design Honor, AIA NY State Collaborative Design Merit, Greater NY Construction User Council, Outstanding Project Award, Municipal Art Society NYC MASterwork Award
Photography Credits
Nathan Sayers, Peter Mauss/ESTO, NY Magazine
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