55 Water Street Slip/Garden

Cultural / Design Competition Public Parks / Municipal Arts Society / New Water Street Corporation

with William McDonough + Partners

Christopher Hays led the design competition for a new park in New York City, while Partner at William McDonough + Partners. In collaboration with Siteworks Landscape Architects, the design integrates nature and culture in a unique interpretation of place.

The designers envisioned a park experience activated by the senses of touch, sound and smell. Sail-like metal sculptures shield occupants from the wind. Pivoting with breezes, the sculptures act as wind chimes, emitting harmonic sound that changes with the wind. The plantings, a colorful and fragrant tapestry, are organized in linear bands that recall the nearby docking slips. The park is intended as a place of quiet repose amidst the downtown Manhattan bustle.

Location: New York City
Client: New Water Street Corporation & the Municipal Arts Society
Program: Public plaza renovation
Area: 1 acre
Status: Finalist, 2002 Design Competition
Landscape: Siteworks