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City Beach NYC

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New York, New York

The goal of the City Beach NYC project is 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 Engineering Studio to cultivate its design.  In addition to the beach, the program includes a marine science lab, shops, concessions, restaurant and sunset bar.  All of this is 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 in fact plays a direct role 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)