Photographers capture New York’s newly opened ‘Little Island’ park
An incredibly unique park is now open to visitors to New York. Small island, conceived by Heatherwick Studio and Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects, is a nature getaway and peaceful retreat for city dwellers after a difficult approval and construction process that lasted approximately eight years. The project is one of the first parks to open in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and is sure to help reintroduce the city to the enjoyment of public space.
Little Island’s most iconic feature is the dramatic series of piers that support the park. “We were inspired by these piles and the civil engineering required to build structures capable of withstanding the extreme conditions of the river,” says Thomas Heatherwick of Heatherwick Studio. “Could we make them the heroes of our project, rather than hiding them?” The vision that was built is based on taking these piles and turning their tops into spectacular planters that merge to form a richly planted hilly landscape.
The architects certainly succeeded in celebrating this structural solution. Beautiful photos of the newly opened park showcase the range of movement performed through their different heights. This design system also helped designers include interesting shared programs like an amphitheater and stage. Perhaps the greatest functional feature of Little Island is the incredible biodiversity it introduces to the area. Little Island includes nearly 400 different species of grasses, shrubs, trees and other plant species.
Now that Little Island is officially complete, New Yorkers can find a beautiful nature getaway right next door. You can visit Little Island by reserving a spot on their website. If you can’t make the trip yet, you can keep scrolling to find incredible moments of the park captured by photographers Timothy Schenck and Richard Silver.