Following the collapse of the World Trade Center, this site, which had housed mechanical equipment for the towers, became an opportunity to reinvigorate a neglected space. Nestled between residential towers and North Cove Marina in Battery Park City, MNLA transformed the 18,000 sf site into a neighborhood asset.
Three distinctive rooms comprised of a toddlers' playground, a dog run, and a sitting plaza are articulated by an arbor that both defines and links the activity areas. Lush plantings and a variety of colorful, scented vines clamber up the trellis ladders to augment summer shade. Custom play equipment, including a glass-block water wall with child-activated buttons as well as stainless steel sand tables, sit discreetly within the plaza’s prow. Popular with both dog owners and passersby, the dog run sets a standard for imaginative canine exercise. Mounds and water-filled bowls allow dogs to jump, perch, and splash within a topographically and visually stimulating environment.
"These facilities have turned Kowsky Plaza into a town square....(and) shows how program can be true community-building amenities." Michael Fenton, The Broadstreet.