2 Washington Plaza

Location: New York, New York



This private public open space is uniquely positioned behind a landmark building with views to historic Battery Park and the NY Harbor. Damage caused by Hurricane Sandy prompted a comprehensive building infrastructure repair and an adaptive re-use residential conversion and renovation. Serving the downtown working community, new residents and The Hebrew University’s students, the plaza has been designed to accommodate, welcome and attract this diverse set of users day and night.

Integrating DCP’s public plaza design criteria, a landscape destination has been re-imagined as a calming and resting spot unexpectedly discovered within a downtown side street. A central mounded woodland grove is an eye-catching slice of nature inserted within lower Manhattan’s “stone and metal canyon.” Comfortable movable furnishings and custom built-in seating elements animate a sequence of mini nodes within the plaza’s larger context. Visitors and building tenants will be drawn to the comforts and beauty of a garden while only steps away from the bustling city.


The Moinian Group

Design Team:

Landscape Architect: HMWhite
Architect of Record: Spivak Architects
Structural Engineer: McNamara Salvia
MEP: FMC Engineering
Lighting Designer: ONE LUX Studio
Irrigation Designer: WC3 Design
Construction Manager: Collaborative Construction Management

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