Critic: Phil Parker
The process driven studio has a focus on water intensities and especially their relation and effects on the site. From the early analysis of the characteristics of water and from the examination of scouring (watercourse that flows forcefully over something and removes) and the patterns it generates helped influence the design language of the building.
The design embraces the tidal nature of the Hudson River and helps sustain the unique under-pier ecology by slowing down the tide around the building allowing for this habitat to flourish with species that would not be able to survive otherwise.
Finally, building by the water is not a radical idea in New York City but interacting with the water is. The plan for the estuarium is to encourage an interest in the ecology of the Hudson River Estuary and to promote a more interactive relationship with the water.