Blayne Ross, a self-described creative entrepreneur, producer, triathlete and experience designer based in New York, has come up with an idea for a floating beach that would navigate the Hudson River. Called City Beach NYC and designed by workshop/apd and Craft Engineering, the project would transform the upper deck of a barge into a sand-covered space replete with beach chairs and umbrellas with the lower deck being used for a science museum for kids and a restaurant.
Blayne Ross said “It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see Manhattan needs a beach, it’s an island surrounded by water with no sand and it’s going to take a little vision to make it happen. We want to make your summer time experience awesome and and here’s how we’re going to do it. My concept was created with my friends at workshop/apd and Craft Engineering Studio to emulate a relaxed seaside atmosphere and maximize the footprint of the barge we are building on top of.
Challenged with the need for restaurants and entertainment space, without sacrificing the relaxed beauty of the dunes, Workshop/APD, created a natural amphitheater occurs and allows us to provide services underneath the beach without obstructing the amazing views, creating a 360 degree experience of the city and waterway surrounding us. Built on two levels, with a curved roof called a “chip” that resembles the shape of a anfiteratro, collect everything you can find and discover in any resort vacation.
Upstairs, in fact, the sand, the beach umbrellas and deck chairs, downstairs, on the other hand, two restaurants, a surf shop and a museum of history and science of the sea for children, complete with an exhibition of Hudson River and an exhibition on marine life. In addition, at the ground floor, light pipes allow dirigire natural light throughout the building. the entry will be free, but you will pay for the rental of various equipment. Ross envisions that the beach barge would accommodate about 500 to 600 people at a time. If permits can be acquired, City Beach would dock in several locations along Manhattan’s West Side.
“This whole thing started for me when I went out on a weekend along the West Side, and the park was packed,” Ross told Fast Company. “There was not a blade of grass to be seen. It showed me that we want to be outside, but we don’t have enough spaces to do that.” Instead of taking down buildings or reclaiming new park space, City Beach NYC offers an alternative for adding to the Manhattan shoreline and of course the summer fun. If all goes well, City Beach NYC could be up and running by the summer of 2016.
Location: New York City, USA
Partner: Craft Engineering
Article by Marco Rinaldi