Regular readers may recall Heatherwick Studio’s ongoing Little Island park on stilts on New York City’s Hudson River. The firm has now revealed plans to create something similar but even larger and more ambitious on San Francisco’s waterfront. Named The Cove, it would replace the remnants of a ruined pier and car park with an attractive public park on the waves.

The project is slated for Piers 30-32 on the San Francisco South Beach waterfront and, like Little Island Park, would involve removing the existing piers and replacing them with new concrete supports, on top of which the horseshoe-shaped structure would be installed, with a view to future-proofing it against future sea level rising.

“The resilient design for The Cove includes the full removal and replacement of the existing piers with a new and higher, modern structural concrete pier system,” explains the press release. “The existing piers are 108-years old, decades beyond a normal, useful service life, deteriorating, and have sustained a loss of structural capacity.

More importantly, the existing pier deck and pile cap elevations are already below FEMA [Federal Emergency Management Agency] Base Flood Elevations and the building code standards of today, notwithstanding the additional, forecasted sea level rise of 3 ft [0.9 m] or more tomorrow.

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