News - 14 September 2009

Unveiling New Amsterdam Pavilion

On September 9th the official unveiling ceremony of UNStudio’s New Amsterdam Pavilion took place in Battery Park, New York. The unveiling of the completed exterior structure of the New Amsterdam Pavilion was carried out by guests of honour the Prince of Orange and Princess Máxima of the Netherlands, the Mayor of the City of New York Michael R. Bloomberg, Under Secretary of State Judith A. McHale and Frans Timmermans the Dutch Minister for European Affairs.

The New Amsterdam Plein and Pavilion, commissioned by the Battery Conservancy, is a gift from the Netherlands to New York in honour of 400 years of friendship. When completed, the Plein and Pavilion will be a destination attracting over 6 million visitors. it will provide serviced and digital information points acquainting visitors with information about the both the direct neighbourhood and New York City, as well as providing information about events in The Netherlands. The Pavilion will also serve as a food and beverage outlet, with seating provided on the surrounding Plein. Part of Battery Park's Peter Minuit Plaza will be renamed New Amsterdam Plein and together with the Pavilion will provide an attractive gathering place for New Yorkers, commuters and tourists, as well as serving as a tribute to our common history and shared values.