MASterworks Explorations: Pier 26 at Hudson River Park

2021 Winner for Best Urban Landscape

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This fall, as a part of Archtober and NYCxDESIGN, MAS is celebrating design excellence in New York City with our 2021 MASterworks Awards! We have curated a selection of in person explorations and online in-conversations with this year’s honored projects.

On October 21st from 5:00-6:30, join MAS for an exploration of Pier 26 at Hudson River Park, 2021 MASterworks winner for Best Urban Landscape. Learn about one of the newest additions to Hudson River Park by enjoying a guided stroll led by staff members from OLIN Studio and Hudson River Park Trust. Team members from OLIN Studio will include Lucinda Sanders (CEO and Partner), Jamee Kominsky (Associate), and Demetrios Staurinos (Associate) plus Hudson River Park Trust’s Carrie Roble (Vice President, River Project).

The 2.5-acre pier is an exciting and lush ecological escape that evokes what Manhattan’s ecosystem was like prior to human-development. By introducing you to the five native ecological zones flourishing within the park, this program will engage you in both the history and ecology of the Hudson River Estuary.

Capacity is limited.

Learn more about the 2021 MASterworks winners and the full roster of programming here.

Thursday, October 21
5:00 PM — 6:30 PM

Attendees will gather starting at 5 PM and the program will begin promptly at 5:15 PM.

Pier 26 at Hudson River Park
Hudson River Greenway
New York, NY 10013
Exact meeting location to be provided upon RSVP

Nearest public transport: A, C, and E trains at Canal Street station and 1 train at Franklin Street station. The SIM7, SIM9, and the SIM33 buses are accessible at the West Street and N. Moore Street stop. A Citi bike station is also located at N. Moore Street/Greenwich Street.


  • Photo: Sahar Coston-Hardy.
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  • Specialized lighting allows for continued play after dark while balancing with the pier's ecological purpose, minimizing disruptions to the wildlife that call the estuary home. Photo: Barrett Doherty.
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  • Joggers enjoy the social deck, a single massive kebony wood structure traversing every eco-zone in the park, from the woodland forest to the viewing deck over the Estuary. Photo: Sahar Coston-Hardy.
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  • Visitors stroll through the woodland forest and start an immersive ecological journey—from upland to lowland, from land to water—and across a diversity of authentic experiences. Photo: Sahar Coston-Hardy.
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  • Stretching out from the maritime scrub, a steel walkway hovers just eight feet above the rocky tidal zone at low tide. At high tide, lapping water splashes up and over its edges. Photo: Sahar Coston-Hardy.
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  • Pier 26 stretches 850 feet from shore. The ecologically programmed pier also has flexible recreation spaces with the 900-person capacity great lawn and two U6 soccer courts. Photo: Sahar Coston-Hardy.
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  • Dramatic viewsheds abound throughout the park. Each section features custom furnishings, perfect for studying the skyline, people watching, or enjoying the estuary. Photo: Max Giuliani for Hudson River Park Trust.
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COVID Safety Guidelines:

This program is limited to 20 attendees. As the program may bring individuals into close proximity with each other, we therefore ask that all attendees wear masks during the visit, regardless of vaccination status. Your guide and fellow participants will thank you for your cooperation. Should the group happen to venture indoors, masks and/or proof of vaccination may be required, so please be prepared to have both with you. For more information about coronavirus and a guide on how to stay safe, please visit

About the MASterworks Awards:

Established in 2001, the MASterworks Awards pay tribute each year to projects that make a significant contribution to New York City’s built environment. Awards are presented in the following categories:

Best New Building for outstanding architectural design
Best Urban Landscape for a new or revitalized open space that contributes to livability and resilience
Best Restoration for a project that expertly enhances the original qualities of a significant historic building or structure
Best Adaptive Reuse for a project that demonstrates exceptional creativity in adaptive reuse of an existing building or structure
Best New Infrastructure for distinctive design in public service projects
Best New Urban Amenity for an addition to the built environment that contributes to a more livable city.

2021 MASterworks Jury:

Justin Davidson | Architecture and Classical Music Critic, New York Magazine
Lisa Switkin, FAAR, ASLA | Senior Principal, James Corner Field Operations
Calvin Tsao, FAIA, FAAR | Principal, Tsao & McKown Architects & MAS Board of Directors
Weston Walker, AIA, LEED AP | Design Principal and Partner, Studio Gang
Vicki Weiner | Adjunct Associate Professor and Academic Coordinator of Historic Preservation, Pratt Institute

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