A unique amenity for the tri-state area, Chelsea Piers Sports and Entertainment Complex includes 1.2 million square feet and covers four landmark Hudson River piers. Opened in 1910, the piers were originally designed by Warren & Wetmore, and served as berths for luxury liners. Reopened in 1996, Chelsea Piers offers numerous sports and fitness activities including in-line skating, gymnastics, basketball, soccer, batting, rock climbing, boxing, beach volleyball, jogging and competitive track and field, swimming, weight training, aerobic and cardiovascular training, and golf, all of which are combined with retail and food service.
Chelsea Piers involved a complex regulatory process – there was no precedent for this combination of venues which required 28 separate government approvals, including the State Historic Preservation Office, the Board of Standards and Appeals, and the Department of Buildings.
The entire complex is a collection of disparate uses held together by bold and colorful graphics, large scale geometry and simple detailing and materials. Our design conveys the message that this is a center of energy, a place for fun and physical activity. In the words of Paul Goldberger of The New York Times, "Chelsea Piers is a project that demonstrates a willingness, even an eagerness, to prove that the needs of a community, the qualities of commercial development and the values of design quality do not have to be incompatible".