Cherry Street Pier is an adaptive reuse of a 55,000 SF pier structure on the Delaware River in Philadelphia. The dilapidated structure was lightly rehabilitated to create a series of temporary and permanent environments for food, drink, work, shopping, recreation, art and events. Open to the public every day of the week and year-round, the project returns an historic piece of the city’s infrastructure back to the public realm.
▼项目概览，overview ©Sam Oberter
Suffering from decades of deferred maintenance, a complete restoration was financially infeasible – plus, too much investment would have led to a high-end residential or commercial use that would likely exclude the public. Cherry Street Pier’s in-between level of re-development hit the right note in creating a welcoming, incremental, participatory civic experience.
▼码头仓库入口，entrance ©Sam Oberter
人民的城市 | PEOPLE CITY
In the early 20th century, Philadelphia’s municipal piers were essential components of city commerce serving as transfer points between railroads and the river. However, with the shift away from rail to highway, Delaware Avenue and Interstate 95 cut the pier off from the city with shipping moving down river. Recently Philadelphia has reawakened its riverfront through a series of tactical recreation, fitness and food-oriented destinations inviting pedestrian activity for the first time.
▼重新焕发活力的河滨区域，revitalized riverside area ©Sam Oberter
趣味房子 | FUN HOUSE
A series of distinct program areas weave together a diverse and animated public experience. The Garage provides more permanent food, drink, work and retail opportunities. The Market serves as a pop-up seasonal flea across a series of changing themes. The Platform serves as zone for large-format art, recreation and event installations. At the end of the pier is the Garden which hosts informal, passive recreation and social gathering with the pay off of incredible views of the bridge, river and sky.
▼位于尽头的花园区域，garden area at the end of the project ©Sam Oberter
集装箱的逻辑 | CONTAINER LOGIC
At project launch, the pier foundation structure had been deteriorating for decades. Shipping containers provided dimensional and self-supporting characteristics that allowed them to bridge between 20-foot beams embedded in the base of the pier. The containers are not only an economical, modular strategy for program deployment, but also solve a challenging structural issue.
▼集装箱车库改造的工作室和画廊，the container garage converted studio and gallery ©Sam Oberter
▼工作室内部，inside the studio ©Sam Oberter
公共艺术 | PUBLIC ART
The Garage provides low-cost rental studio / gallery spaces for local artists, expanding visitor- artist interaction opportunities while exposing the art-making process to visitors. The bleacher seating and adjacent stage area is programmed year-round with interactive art events and performances by local and visiting artists and musicians.
▼露天看台区域，bleachers area ©Sam Oberter
当地文化 | LOCAL CULTURE
樱桃街码头上的食品和饮料供应商使用的是最初服务于特拉华大道，并经过重新设计的有轨电车。包括Little Baby’s Ice Cream、Hardena indonesia fare和Birdie’s Biscuits在内的供应商是从本地供应商中特别挑选的。这些商贩和设施共同为游客提供了一个品尝各色当地美食和饮品的场所。
The food and drink vendors serving Cherry Street Pier operate out of repurposed trolley cars that were decommissioned after originally serving Delaware Avenue. Vendors were selected from local providers, including Little Baby’s Ice Cream, Hardena Indonesian fare, and Birdie’s Biscuits. The Pier provides a place for vendors and visitors alike to sample a diverse range of local food and drink.
▼有轨电车改造的食品商铺，the tram turned food stores ©Sam Oberter
▼模块示意图，module diagram ©ISA
▼分区示意图，partition diagram ©ISA
Project: Cherry Street Pier
Project location: Philadelphia, PA
Completion Year: 2018
Gross Built Area: 55,000 SF
Architect (Design co-lead): ISA
Landscape Architect (Design co-lead): Groundswell Design Group
Developer/Owner: Delaware River Waterfront Corporation
Structural Engineer: W. J. Castle & Associates
MEP Engineer: Holstein White Engineers
General Contractor: Scungio Borst
Container Fabricator: TRS Containers
Photo Credits: Sam Oberter
Type of Project: Cultural / Arts / Events Space