Conceived as the “toybox” for the larger Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 2 is dense with recreational courts and equipment, including six basketball courts, 10 handball courts, an inline skating rink, bocce courts, tetherball courts, 35 swings, chess tables, and picnic areas.
These programmed activities are suspended between the continuous five-acre pier deck surface and an existing steel framework structure that has been modified for the new program and clad with a designed pattern of solid and translucent panels above. The reactivated surface is negotiated with a series of full-height stainless steel screens meant to partially contain programs, yet encourage movement based on light and shadow. The eroded roof plan emphasizes and frames the direct view to Lower Manhattan, and through its layers of filtered light constructs a careful sequence of views, not only to the city, but to the open water, Brooklyn Bridge, the park uplands, the Statue of Liberty, and to the repetition of piers to the south.
Horizontal layering as an organizational strategy in opposition to the verticality of Manhattan allows for careful consideration of dispersion and sequence in this project. The vacant artificial surface of the found condition of the pier is activated through programming. The indoor / outdoor landscape is conceptualized to be organized by both filtered and direct light and by light and shadow.