THE PIPEFISH

WHERE: 
New York City, USA - 2018

COLLABORATION:
MVVA - Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates

CUSTOMER: 
Hudsen River Park Trust

 

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Hudson River Park is the longest riverfront park in the United States, which has transformed the urban landscape of Manhattan’s West side into a beloved, urban recreational area.  Attracting 17 million visits each year, the Park offers many activities for locals and tourists, and plays a critical role in protecting the Hudson River environment itself. The Chelsea Waterside Park is a part of the big area of Hudson River Park. It underwent extensive renovation in 2016 and MONSTRUM was asked to design an iconic playground interpreting the life from the river.

The pipefish monstrum playground manhatten new york

The playground is designed to fit the challenging terrain of the park. A playground of different heights gives a more dramatic effect to the design and adds play value.

Pipefish monstrum chelsea waterside park playground

The pipefish is a 35 meter long construction that twists and turns its way around the 7 meter tall tower. 

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Pipefish monstrum chelsea waterside park playground

THE TWIST AND TURN OF THE PIPEFISH

The concept of the playground is inspired by the fauna of the Hudson River, as the Chelsea Waterside Park is placed by the Manhatten waterfront. The imaginative underwater universe is designed to inspire the kids to climb, balance, swing and slide.  

The main element of the playground design is the odd pipefish, which is a peculiar mix between a seahorse and an eel. The playful and charming creature adds personality to the playground and invites people of all ages to come closer and explore the atypical construction. 

The bollards are often seen at the riverfront covered with algaes. On the playground the bollard towers are 23 feet tall with a slide attached, which leads you down to the oysters in a large sand box area. This part of the playground is designed for toddlers. Seaweed made out of trunks is placed around the area of the playground for the kids to climb across.

Pipefish monstrum playground sketch drawing plan overblik view

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Pipefish monstrum playground bollards mozaik window wooden planks

In the top of the bollard towers kids will be able to see this steel silhouette interpreting the grains in the tree structure.

Pipefish monstrum playground inside wooden planks

The structure of the pipefish is designed with a wide gap between the boards to add a sparkling light experience. The transparent look also makes it easy for the parents to interact with their kids. 

monstrum playground pipefish manhatten new york chelsea waterside park
MONSTRUM oyster pipefish chelsea waterside park playground

Across from the pipefish and tower is a sand box area for the smaller kids with a big oyster with a pearl inside. 

MONSTRUM playground pipefish sketch

The project is in collaboration with MVVA Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, whom we have been working with since 2014. 

MONSTRUM playground pipefish sketch
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