UNStudio to Build Futuristic Pavilion in NYC



January 28, 2009. Announced today: Dutch architect Ben van Berkel of UNStudio plans to plunk down a 5,000-square-foot "outdoor living room" in Battery Park to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s arrival to New York City, made possible by a massive grant from the government of the Netherlands. The New Amsterdam Plein and Pavilion, with an undulating roof and walls, will offer public and will host activities and food markets. Van Berkel designed stone walkways with quotations from Russell Shorto’s The Island at the Center of the World to lead visitors toward an animated electronic LED facade that will change colors at night, and landscape designer Piet Oudolf will create a garden surrounding the pavilion. No word on when the extravagant gesture of cross-cultural goodwill will be finished, though. www.unstudio.com

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