New Amsterdam Plein & Pavilion

New York
Photo © James D’Addio
Photo © James D’Addio
Photo © UNStudio
Drawing © Ben van Berkel
Architects
UNStudio
Address
Peter Minuit Plaza, Battery Park, 10004 New York
Year
2011
Cost
Undisclosed
Stories
1-5 Stories
Client

The Battery Conservancy

Credits
UNStudio: Ben van Berkel, Caroline Bos with Wouter de Jonge, Christian Veddeler and Kyle Miller, Jan Schellhoff, Wesley Lanckriet, Arndt Willert

Advisors
Executive Architect: Handel Architects, New York
Lighting Design and Structural, Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing and Fire Protection Engineering: Buro Happold, New York
Visualisation: rendertaxi, Aachen

Placed on the New Amsterdam Plein, the NY400 Dutch Pavilion is presented as a gift from the Dutch government to the people of New York. The pavilion marks the location as a destination and a ‘hub’ of a multivalent programme. The programme oscillates between facility services (culinary outlet and information point) and more temporary or changing art and new light/media installations. The geometry of the pavilion expresses its programmatic intentions, with the centre of the installation designed for more permanent functions. The formal figure of the structure becomes increasingly more fluid and dispersed away from this centre as it opens up onto the immediate landscape. The attendant ‘flowering’ of the four wings of the pavilion responds to varying orientations on the site.

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