Hunter’s Point South Waterfront Park, a riverside park in New York City decked in sustainable Kebony wood, has been recognized in the General Design category at the American Society of Landscape Architects Awards. The project was designed by Architectural firms Thomas Balsley Associates and Weiss/ Manfredi.
Kebony’s Southern Yellow Pine was chosen as the material for the large expanses of wooden promenade for its durability and weather-resistance but also for its natural beauty and the silver-grey patina it acquires over its long lifespan. The prestigious accolade recognises a specific work of landscape architecture with a high quality of design and impeccable execution. Important considerations for the judges were design context, environmental sensitivity and sustainability – criteria which, the Hunter’s Point project met with the use of Kebony wood.
“Sustainability was a core value in consideration during the design and construction of Hunter’s Point South Waterfront Park,” said Alison Wicks from Weiss/Manfredi. “Accordingly, we needed a material that would continue to perform over time, without deteriorating. Kebony, with its enhanced durability and natural aestheticism was an ideal choice for the large expanse of boardwalk.”
The project marks the transformation and regeneration of the 30 acres of post-industrial waterfront into a new model of urban ecology. The park will play a fundamental role in the social redevelopment of the area, now a resilient, multi-layered recreational and cultural destination. Kebony played an important part in meeting the sustainable aspects that informed the park’s design. Following Hurricane Sandy, the selection of a strong material like Kebony was considered paramount to ensuring the longevity of the site.