New York could get a 'floating beach'

2014-07-14 14:40
Screen grab of the City Beach mock up. (YouTube)

Screen grab of the City Beach mock up. (YouTube)

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Why go to the beach, when it can come to you? A NY-based team launch a crowdfunding campaign for a floating beach on a re-purposed barge in the Hudson River.

New York may be the city of dreams, but when temperatures rise the concrete jungle seems hard to handle. And New Yorkers start to dream of one thing, the beach.

But rather than travelling, entrepreneur Blayne Ross imagined bringing the sand to the city. He's spearheading a campaign on crowd funding site Indiegogo for City Beach.

It's a beach on a reclaimed barge that floats along the Hudson River.

"Actually it just came out of seeing a need, I come from Florida and we have lots of beaches and there's plenty of room around and I like to spread out. And I was like 'how can we make this happen'?"

Ross, along with a team of architects and engineers, envision more than just a strip of sand in the middle of the Hudson. Below deck the barge will feature shops, concession stands, restaurants and even a kid friendly science exhibit.

Architect Matthew Berman says the design is centred on dunes and other elements that make a beachscape unique.

"You take this serene element of topography and the sound of water and that's what we started to look at. So that's where the sculpted form came from, the potato chip form, it allowed us to create varying vantage points, so that no matter where you're looking, you're not looking at the back of somebody's head and you're looking over and at something", said Berman.

Since people won't be swimming in the Hudson, the team is planning a waterfall that will surround the entire barge.

Besides creating white noise that transports beachgoers to a fantasy island, it'll keep the barges' weight balanced so it doesn't tip on either side.

Designer Andrew Kotchen says it's also one of the keys to keeping the barge green.

Inherently creating outdoor space should be green. So, the primary focus is to hang out on the sand, which in and of itself is a permeable material.

Water can filtrate through it and we can somehow capture that water and potentially use it for other aspects of the barge.

“Other uses, whether it's greywater for flushing bad things like that. I mean there's many other ways to dovetail the exterior environmental components into the interior uses of the space."

Other environmentally friendly features include a solar farm and proposed light shafts that will bring sunshine to marine life.

But for City Beach to get off the ground, it'll need the support of New Yorkers, who have a reputation as a tough sell.

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