At a Glance

Ecological intervention on New York City’s Pier 26 site enhances urban ecology while enabling people to experience and enjoy the rich biodiversity of the Hudson River Estuary.

Project Description

Situated in the Hudson River in Lower Manhattan, Pier 26 is a 2.5-acre site within Hudson River Park. The future home of the Hudson River Park Trust’s “Estuarium,” a research and education facility devoted to the science of the river and its surrounding environment, the pier has a mission to highlight the regional ecology of the Hudson River Estuary.

Biohabitats prepared site analysis and design services to inform the Estuarium’s proposed ecological programming. Working closely with the design lead, OLIN, Biohabitats advanced a concept which revolved around a dynamic, gradient experience of the Estuary’s representative habitats, from upland to open water. These features enabled visitors to experience, enjoy, and better understand coastal ecology within a highly urban environment.

Biohabitats helped the design team establish ecological goals for the site design, and recommended the best alternatives for observing and interacting with the many fauna that are characteristic of the Hudson River Estuary. Many of the design’s proposed habitat features were experiencing disruptive impacts and regional decline, so their representation at Pier 26 provided beneficial ecological function, while also offering people opportunities for extraordinary ecological encounters.



Hudson River

Physiographic Province

New Engand


Lower Hudson River

Expertise Areas

Coastal, Research & Development, Urban Ecology


Hudson River Park Trust


New York, New York, United States


  • 2020, Untapped New York’s Best of New York Awards, Best New Park
  • 2021, The Chicago Athenaeum, Museum of Architecture, American Architecture Award
  • 2021, Municipal Art Society of New York, MASterworks Awards, Best Urban Landscape
  • 2022, Urban Land Institute New York, Awards for Excellence in Civic Development Finalist
  • 2023, American Society of Landscape Architects, Pennsylvania-Delaware Chapter, Honor Award in the General Design Category
  • 2023, World Landscape Architecture Award of Excellence

Project Team
  • OLIN
  • Rafael Viñoly Architects
  • Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers
  • Tillett Lighting Design Associates
  • Silman