Boat Pavilion for Long Dock Park

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Boat Pavilion for Long Dock Park | Notes of Interest

The design of this boat pavilion, one of two new structures created for Long Dock Park on the Hudson River, was closely integrated with the landscape architect’s vision for the 15-acre park. The former brownfield site has been remediated and rehabilitated to create a new public amenity with picnic areas, wetlands, and waterfront just feet from a Metronorth station and the renowned arts destination Dia:Beacon. The project is on track to receive LEED® Gold certification.

Scenic Hudson’s Long Dock Park was chosen for the Sustainable Sites Initiative™ pilot program as one of 150 projects in 34 states working to create landscapes that can clean water, reduce pollution, and restore habitat while providing significant economic and social benefits to landowners and municipalities. The overall project will provide a national model for sustainable design and land management.

The pavilion is conceived as a threshold to the expansive Hudson River. The roof is a horizontal plane of corrugated steel that parallels a large cumaru wood deck from which boats launch. The painted steel structure is economical and sturdy. Secure storage for up to 64 kayaks or canoes, a changing room, and a secondary storage area are enclosed by aluminum bar grating panels. The textures, patterns, orientation, and details of the corrugated steel, wood deck, and bar grating bring these ordinary elements into an elegant composition. Enabling reflective contemplation and athletic activity, the boat pavilion establishes a new affirmative relationship between the public and the Hudson River.

The roof of the pavilion is fit with 65 solar panels composing a 10-kilowatt micro-inverter system. The power generated through this system feeds back into the electrical grid, and it is intended to offset the electrical consumption of the nearby Education Center and illumination throughout Long Dock Park.

Additional Credit

  • Landscape Architect: Reed | Hilderbrand
  • Engineer - MEP: AltieriSeborWieber
  • Engineer - Structural: Robert Silman Associates

    Photo Credit

      © James Ewing

Boat Pavilion for Long Dock Park

Jury Comments

This remarkable kayak pavilion – part of the larger Scenic Hudson’s River Center – celebrates simplicity, craft, resilience, and advanced resource-efficiency.

Assembled from humble, off-the shelf industrial components, the design skillfully employs careful proportions, elegant detailing, and forthright use of materials to create a building that enlivens the riverfront and creates a vibrant new community gathering space.

A rooftop exoskeleton supports both a sculptural floating roof below and a photovoltaic array above that powers much of the surrounding park.

The project has already proven its resilience, surviving the floodwaters of superstorm Sandy without damage.

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2013 Institute Honor Awards for Architecture Jury

  • Mary Katherine Lanzillotta, FAIA (Chair)
  • Hartman-Cox Architects, Washington, DC
  • Brian Fitzsimmons, AIA
  • Fitzsimmons Architects, Oklahoma City
  • John Kane, FAIA
  • Architekton, Tempe, Arizona
  • William Leddy, FAIA
  • Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects, San Francisco
  • Philip Loheed, AIA
  • BTA Architects, Inc., Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Robert Maschke, AIA
  • robert maschke ARCHITECTS inc., Cleveland
  • Douglas L. Milburn, Assoc. AIA
  • Isaksen Glerum Wachter LLC, Urbana, Illinois
  • Becky Joyce Yannes, AIAS Representative
  • Drexel University, Philadelphia

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