British architect Thomas Heatherwick used 132 concrete columns to create New York's Little Island Park
Heatherwick Studio teamed up with engineering firm Arup and New York landscape architects MNLA to complete Little Island Park. “Little Island” is located on the West Side and rises on 132 concrete columns that are set at different levels and form an undulating platform. According to Thomas Heatherwick, the project is inspired by the piles of old Pier 54, which still protrude from the water.
The columns, each of which can withstand a weight of up to 350 tons, were driven into the bottom by 61 meters. All of Little Island's precast concrete elements were fabricated using 39 different forms of formwork and then shipped to New York by barge. The piles are connected by a monolithic concrete slab. The tops of the columns are prefabricated “petals” that form containers filled with soil.
MNLA has selected about 400 species of flowers, shrubs and trees for the project. The island also has three concert venues, including an amphitheater for 700 spectators, a central square with benches and a café, and a lawn where visitors can sunbathe.