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Heatherwick Studio wins Dezeen Award 2022!

We are so pleased to have supported this year’s dezeen award winner Heatherwick Studio. We provided the bespoke Volkanite® ‘shoal paving’ – specially made from cast molten basalt and probably the most durable paver the world! The pavers form a trail through the park like wayfinding fish. See more here

Heatherwick Studio said:

We are delighted (and very grateful!) to say that a panel of international judges has chosen Little Island as the landscape project of the year in the 2022 Dezeen Awards.

Little Island NYC is a 2.4 acre public park that shelters three performance venues along the Hudson River. Created in collaboration with New York-based landscape architects MNLA and global engineering firm Arup, the park is held above the water by 132 sculptural planters. Visitors walk, climb and meander around 100 species of trees, leading up to a viewpoint that offers a stirring panorama of the river and Manhattan.

According to the judges, the project is a “striking and imaginative addition to New York, which adds to the social value of the city by creating a new gathering space for families to enjoy,” adding that, “the innovation of creating a completely new landscape that hitherto did not exist should be commended.”

We are particularly proud of this recognition, as Little Island is one of just 11 architecture winners, after over 5,400 entries from 90 countries were considered across Dezeen’s categories. It was also chosen as the winner in a Dezeen public vote earlier this month, and we are delighted it is connecting with so many people.

To make this week even better for everyone at the studio, we are also celebrating the project receiving an award from The Municipal Art Society of New York, which honours projects that make a significant contribution to the city’s built environment.

One of the judges, writer and designer Debbie Millman, said: “There are very few new development projects that intrigue hundreds of thousands of people in the way that Little Island has. It feels like one of the biggest things that has happened in New York in a very long time—it has transformed this part of the West Side Highway and created a new environment.”

Tom Ravenscroft