Located on Roosevelt Island’s East River waterfront, Riverwalk Point provides a valuable public amenity along the island’s eastern bank, as well as distinctive private gardens for the building’s residents. A central lawn offers room for free play and lounging, while gabion seat-walls create intimate niches for smaller gatherings and picnics. A waterfront path, lined with Red Osier Dogwood hedges, is punctuated by meadows, structural evergreens, and groves of flowering trees that provide visual focal points in the landscape and filter views toward the water. The funky tot playground—distinct with its colorful rubber surface pattern and playful forms—is setback from the water’s edge in the shade of an existing grove of London Plane trees. On the building’s roof, a series of geometric planting islands create distinct zones of programming for sun-bathing, lounging, dining, and cooking. Lush planting and specimen trees create intimate rooms that offer shade while framing the exemplary views of the East River and Midtown Manhattan.
Photo Credit: K. Taro Hashimura