Renowned architect Frank Gehry, famous for his surreal designs such as the Museo Guggenheim Bilbao and the Marqués de Riscal Winery, is to will create a children’s playground in New York.
“We look forward to his brilliant addition to our world-class city,” said New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg announcing the plans.
The playground will be located in Battery Park in Manhattan and will form part of a larger project that includes a four-acre garden, the restoration of the Castle Clinton fort and a bike path connecting east and west of the island. The centerpiece of the one-acre ‘green’ playground will be a public toilet with a green roof and organic walls.
Gehry’s design plans for the playground are expected to be unveiled later this year. The project is estimated to cost $4m with the funds raised by the Battery Park Conservancy.