MNLA Principal Signe Nielsen was the joint venture partner on the team that prepared a comprehensive master plan and design guidelines for the 550-acre Hudson River Park. This plan is premised on reclaiming the waterfront for public benefit. More than two decades since the plan was completed, the park is a valuable resource to area residents and visitors.
Pier 86 is a 1200-foot long public access pier in the river that encompasses a variety of vessels and aircraft as part of its primary mission as the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. The docked vessels include an aircraft carrier, the USS Intrepid, a nuclear submarine, the USS Growler, a supersonic airplane--the Concorde--and a large number of other aircraft on the flight deck of the carrier.
The public realm of the pier is designed in response to accommodating daily visitors and occasional military parades. The orientation of the paving pattern reflects an extension of the angled flight deck; shade and lighting structures along the north edge of the pier encourage visitors to spend the day at the museum complex by enjoying picnics, sunset views, outdoor concerts, and educational exhibits.
Pier 86 encourages visitors to spend the day at the museum complex, both on and in the decommissioned crafts, while enjoying picnics, sunset views, outdoor concerts, and educational exhibits.