sun shelter


The ubiquitous asphalt of Manhattan spills into the pier as an extension of the city over water. This seemingly endless play surface reaches to the horizon and on it children’s games and makeshift drawings merge with the shade cast by the rope above. Rope, which is woven – turned over and under itself to determine varying densities of weave, filtering light at different intensities to transform the texture of the ground below or to create shade. Active, passive, and historical areas run parallel to one another and expand into each other along the length of the pier. Their relationship and location are porous and always changing as they are defined by moving shadows of woven rope. The interaction of site elements; rope, steel gate, and asphalt, provides the pier with sun shelter while maintaining the openness of its existing state.




Collaborator: Doug Hecker