Just a simple look over New York’s Governors Island and it would be hard to imagine that the decaying coast guard structures would be soon transformed into arguably the greenest eco-park on the planet. But that is exactly what West 8, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, and Rogers Marvel Architects are set out to do by 2012.
Taken up prestigiously by the State of New York, the project will give the world a breathtaking recreational center home to a stunning Marine Exploration Center that consists of a set of off-shore “programmed structures” including a coastal plant greenhouse, marine life tank, vertical reef, and two restaurants. Add to it the unreal floating structures that will emerge like giant bubbles on the waves and a restaurant on an artificial island that will look at Lady Liberty and this will be an exhilarating trip for both the young and the old.
While one part of the island is going green with marine ventures, the other side will sport artificial hills that will look as natural as any. This half of the island is to encourage activities like trekking and cave exploration. The best part is the wooden complimentary bikes crafted by the designers that will be handed out to the visitors of the island to go across the new eco-park.
This is arguably the best investment New York City has made in sometime, isn’t it?