They say it’s hard to find real estate in New York City, but this is ridiculous.
Designer Blayne Ross, working with Workshop/APD and Craft Engineering Studio, created this unusual scheme for a versatile public space in the Big Apple. It’s a floating beach built on an old barge.
According to TreeHugger, the beach barge would feature dining, shopping, and even a marine science attraction. Sand dunes would mask a 16-foot tall supporting structure, and give NYC residents a simulated beach experience.
However, sunbathing is all people will be able to do. The design doesn’t allow for swimming, which is probably a good thing considering the condition of the Hudson and East Rivers.
The whole space would be free to use, with capital raised through towel, chair, umbrella, and cabana rentals, as well as naming rights and retail space rentals. Ross also hopes that the final version can be made using recycled materials and can stay off the grid.