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landscape

>The Hills, Governors Island
New York

Photos by TIMOTHY SCHENCK

Having won a Governors Island Preservation and Education Corporation
competition to transform the 172-acre island in New York Harbor in 2007,
Netherlands-based urban design and landscape architecture firm West
8 (with offices in New York and Brussels) created the Hills, "a place of
escapism, a landscape of illusions that highlights the most iconic features of
the harbor landscape," says co-founder and design director Adriaan Geuze.
The four distinct slopes, featuring precast concrete edging etched
with a pattern referencing local marine life that spans 40 acres of the site,
range from 25 to 70 feet tall and are constructed mostly from recycled
debris sourced from former residential buildings and parking lots. Material
stabilization was of particular concern-too heavy and the Hills could
cause the failure of the seawall or the island's underlying fill-so the team
employed geotechnical reinforcement techniques, including pumice stone
inside Outlook Hill (itself created from fill material excavated during the
Lexington Avenue subway construction in the early 1900s).
Covered with topsoil, the slopes are planted with a selection of grasses,
860 new trees, and 41,000 shrubs; their raised elevations help to protect
plant life from erosion by groundwater and create a micro-habitat that
attracts local fauna. "All of West 8's projects address issues around climate
change, sea level rise, and resiliency," Geuze explains. "We are continuously
looking at ways to benefit the local ecology, to create microclimates, and
support new and existing biotopes. Parks in general can be built using a
low-tech approach and recycled materials."
Standouts include Slide Hill, which is home to the longest slide in New
York, and site-specific sculpture "Cabin" by British artist Rachel Whiteread
on the 39-foot-tall Discovery Hill-a concrete cast of a wooden shed's
interior, designed to suggest contemplation and retreat.

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