In the Governor’s Island project, the buildings are not conceived of as separate from the Island or the Park—rather, they are an essential part of the larger language of movement, views, and energy that animates the entire design.


This project was designed by Wil Carson while he was Senior Designer at MMA. The structures create synthesis between landscape, infrastructure, and architecture, a kind of material extension of the views, movement, light, and energy that comprise the Island as a whole. The structures are also integral to a larger strategy of energy and sustainability. Their lifted forms allow them to sit lightly within the landscape, their shape and materiality allow them to utilize natural lighting and ventilation, and their organization creates interior spaces which are flexible and can change over time.