Pier 55, also known as “Little Island”, located on the Hudson River near downtown Manhattan has been transformed into an urban oasis. Due to the extensive damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, the pier was decommissioned and required significant repairs. Billionaire Barry Diller worked with the Hudson River Park Trust to transform the former pier into an immersive two-acre park that features unique concrete pads in the shape of flower petals that extend from the Hudson River to provide support for the park’s green space.
Little Island’s Design Team used Hycrete for Best-in-Class Waterproofing and Corrosion Protection
Hycrete was chosen as the waterproofing and anti-corrosion admixture for the project. Hycrete worked with the design team during the early stages of design and through construction to ensure the vision of Little Island was protected from the brackish water of the Hudson River. The reimagined design resulted from a collaboration between Heatherwick Studio and Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects, which aimed to create a visually stunning architectural design that resembled a leaf floating on top of the water. The two firms hope was to create “an oasis from urban life which would allow visitors to play, relax, imagine, and restore.”
Hycrete Protects the Park’s Most Critical Areas
Hycrete’s waterproofing and anti-corrosion admixtures’ dual-action protection made it the perfect choice to protect the park’s most critical areas from the detrimental effects of freeze-thaw, spalling, and chloride ingress. Nearly 1000 yards of Hycrete treated concrete was used in the project, which has become one of the landmark destinations for tourists and New York residents alike. The park officially opened to guests in the spring of 2021.
More than Just a Park, it’s a Destination
Pier 55 “Little Island” features lush green space, soft rolling hills, winding pathways, and spectacular views. The park has regular programming which includes music, dance, theater, poetry, comedy and arts workshops for locals and tourists alike.
For more information on the construction of “Little Island”, please visit https://littleisland.org/design-construction/
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