Google’s Pier 57 tops out ahead of summer 2018 opening

Posted On Fri, June 2, 2017 By

Posted On Fri, June 2, 2017 By In adaptive reuse, Architecture, Chelsea, Construction Update, Major Developments

Last we checked in at the beginning of the year, the $350 million transformation of Pier 57, aka “SuperPier,” was making progress with its canted glass panels fully installed. Wednesday, co-developers RXR Realty and Young Woo & Associates held an event to mark the 450,000-square-foot development’s topping out, which came after 2,600 tons of structural steel were installed, 4,000 yards of concrete poured, and a 60,000-square-foot curtain wall built. The project will include 250,000 square feet of offices for Google, a 100,000-square-foot food market from Anthony Bourdain, and an elevated two-acre park with a rooftop movie and performance amphitheater to be used for Tribeca Film Festival screenings. This construction milestone comes ahead of an anticipated summer 2018 opening.

Located at 15th Street in Chelsea, and jutting more than 800 feet into the Hudson River, Pier 57 was originally built between 1950 and 1954 “using techniques developed during World War II that allows for 90 percent of its weight to be supported by buoyancy,” as 6sqft previously explained. However, “upon the decline of the city’s maritime industries, the pier functioned as a parking garage for New York City Transit buses for three decades until they were moved in 2003,” leaving the pier sitting vacant since, save for the occasional art installation or event.

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After seeking proposals in 2008, the Hudson River Park Trust brought the current development team on board, along with Handel Architects and !Melk Landscape Architecture and Urban Design. Though the offices and park are expected to open next year, Bourdain’s market won’t be ready until 2019.

Until then, check out the current views of the site:


Looking northwest


The south side of the pier 


The north side of the pier, looking east towards the West Side Highway


The north side of the pier, looking west towards New Jersey


Close up of the north side of the Pier

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