New York’s Governor’s Island – A Topography of Bubbles

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 New York’s Governor’s Island is set to receive an incredible set of renovations that will transform the 172-acre plot of decaying Coast Guard structures into a stunning eco-park. Designed by West 8Diller Scofidio + Renfro, and Rogers Marvel Architects, the project is a hybrid of landscape and architecture based around a sinuous set of new paths, watercourses, restaurants and aquaria,which will examine the flora and fauna of the site, with particular focus on the fish of the Hudson estuary.

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A type of propylene rubber covered greenhouse structures will serve as botanical and aquatic research centers. 

The forms of the off-shore structures will emerge from the water like large, floating bubbles, and move with the tides and adjust to the water’s rising sea levels. There is the ‘oyster restaurant’ which is a large, inflated sphere, that will be located directly across the harbor from the Statue of Liberty, and anchored by a man made oyster reef. The restaurant will focus on the ecology of the area, and will serve local food.


a map of the various bubble-like structures 


a technical diagram of the island’s topographical make-up

Complementary wood bicycles are provided on the island, available along the paths between its hills, they provide a mode of transportation to the adjacent tidal basin, 10,000 seat amphitheater, and the perimeter promenade with its views of New York City. The project started this past spring, and its projected completion is 2012. – Via designboom-

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