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City Beach NYC

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City Beach NYC 

New York, New York 

The goal of the City Beach NYC project was to bring a floating beach to downtown Manhattan. Blayne Ross is the creative entrepreneur who has passionately pursued the idea since its inception and engaged Workshop/APD and CRAFT to cultivate its design. In addition to the beach, the program includes a marine science lab, shops, concessions, as well as a restaurant and bar. All of this was designed to fit onto and within an existing re-furbished canal barge measuring 260 feet in length and 72 feet in width. The structure of the barge relies on a series of longitudinal and transverse trusses that define its shape and are modified to accommodate the program below deck and allow for connections to occur to the deck surface. Further modifications include the disintegration of the deck and above draft exterior vertical surfaces to allow light to the below deck program and water to the perimeter waterfall feature. The waterfall plays a direct role in the ballast system which controls the elevation of the deck surface during docking. The beach itself is formed on top of a concrete “potato chip” whose ends cantilever over the below deck program. 

(Image Credit: Workshop/APD) 

Architect: Workshop/APD