ORE was hired by Young-Woo & Associates to create schematic designs for their pitch to bring Google to Pier 57, aka, the “SuperPier”. Google has since signed a 15-year lease to revitalize the 450,000-square-foot  Pier.

The project will include 250,000 square feet of office space for Google, a 170,000-square-foot food and retail market, and an elevated park with an outdoor movie and performance amphitheater on the roof to be used for screenings for the Tribeca Film Festival.

The 450,000-square-foot development will invest $350 million of private capital to redevelop the structure, and in return create hundreds of jobs, generate millions of dollars of revenue for the Hudson River Park Trust, and create a new destination for New Yorkers and visitors alike.

The pier was built between 1950 and 1954 using techniques developed during World War II (see Watergate for more information) that allows for 90 percent of its weight to be supported by buoyancy. Upon the decline of the city’s maritime industries, the pier functioned as a parking garage for New York City Transit buses for three decades until they were moved in 2003. Under the proposed Young Woo/RXR plan, the first and second floors of the pier will contain a 155,000-square-foot, $60 million “food destination”. The upper floors of the pier will provide 250,000 square feet of office space, which is anchored by Google.

Pier57 Prior to Renovation:




Dekalb Market Moved to the Pier (temporary marketing installation):


Client: Youngwoo & Associates
Program: Office Space, Food Hall, Community Hub, Public Park, Tribeca Films Festival Headquarters
Area: 450,000 sf
Status: Under Construction (Estimated Opening: 2020)