On Wednesday September 9, 2009, the official unveiling ceremony of The New Amsterdam Pavilion with the Prince of Orange and Princess Máxima of the Netherlands will take place.
The Pavilion is situated on Peter Minuit Plaza at the Battery, one of New York's main intersections.
The New Amsterdam Plein and Pavilion, designed by Ben van Berkel of UNStudio, is a gift from the Netherlands to New York in honor of 400 years of friendship. Part of Battery Park's Peter Minuit Plaza will be renamed New Amsterdam Plein. The Plaza is currently undergoing renovations and will only be accessible on September 9. Thereafter the plaza will once again be closed to the public.
The New Amsterdam Plein & Pavilion
The Pavilion and street furniture for the surrounding plaza are designed by Ben van Berkel of UNStudio. It will serve as an attractive gathering place for New Yorkers, commuters and tourists, as well as a tribute to our common history and shared values. The Pavilion is situated on Peter Minuit Plaza at the Battery, one of New York's main intersections, with 75,000 people passing through each day.
The New Amsterdam Plein & Pavilion will be located within The Battery's Peter Minuit Plaza, named for the enterprising Dutch Director-General who in 1626 consolidated the early settlements at the tip of Manhattan a grouping that came to be known as New Amsterdam. This destination is, in the words of architect Ben van Berkel, "the ideal site for a permanent commemoration of 400 years of Dutch history in New York, because it is steeped in a sense of a shared past and looks directly toward the harbor where Henry Hudson sailed, but is also entirely focused on the future by virtue of its role as a modern transportation hub within the constantly changing scene of Lower Manhattan. This is a site where history meets the future".