The Digital Water Pavilion (DWiP) is a new 55,000 square foot building conceived as a built landscape and situated at the base of two new residential towers in Battery Park City’s North Neighborhood. The primary architectural feature of the new Center is a curved 550-foot long glass arcade wall facing West Street immediately north of Ground Zero. The arcade wall features a patterned interpretation of a composition, ‘WaTER’, commissioned from New York City composer Michael Schumacher. The glass wall sits opposite two swimming pools and a gymnasium inside the building and two ballfields and a soccer field outside the building. A new public promenade follows the curve of the arcade adjacent to the ballfields, connecting north to south from Murray to Warren Streets, providing access to the Ballfields.
The arcade has three courtyards (see photos below), with a stair in the central courtyard connecting the Ballfields to the Ballfield Terrace above, the Green Roof above DWiP. The 16,000 square foot Terrace designed with SCAPE landscape architects has a series of ramps and stairs that reach out to the landscape and other parks in Battery Park City. DWiP's roof, the Ballfield Terrace, is an occupiable Green Roof with benches and planted areas, linked to other BPC Parks, including Teardrop Park to the west.
Other program areas in the Pavilion include a gymnasium (pictured below), pool room (pictured below), dance studios, a state-of-the-art theater, and classrooms on the second floor. Digital Water i-Pavilion is scheduled to receive a Platinum LEED rating. hMa are also the Master Plan Architects for Battery Park City’s North Neighborhood, and developed the guidelines for the buildings, landscaping, and walking paths in the North Neighborhood. DWiP is scheduled to open in September 2012.