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Rockaway Beach Open Up // Sage and Coombe Architects

Borough of Queens, NY, United States

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In December 2012, after extensive damage from Hurricane Sandy, Sage and Coombe was asked to design a series of raised platforms or “islands” at the elevation of the former boardwalk, to allow access to and from the street and beach.
Each island provides outdoor showers, shading from the summer sun and access to concession facilities.

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© Sage and Coombe Architects

Spanning over 1.5 miles, Sage and Coombe sought to restore amenities at three sites at Beach 86th, 97th, and 106th Street, with a secondary site at Beach 116th Street.
Each surviving building is wrapped in a graphic with an overlaid area map of the Rockaways, providing a visual icon orienting visitors along the length of the beachfront.

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© Sage and Coombe Architects

The bold colors also create a visual link between the sites without the benefit of a connecting boardwalk.
Design and construction were conceived and completed within five months.
Opened on Memorial Day 2013, the project has championed the strength of the Design Excellence initiative and ultimately, the resilience of the City.

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© Sage and Coombe Architects

Team
Landscape Architects: Mathews Nielsen Landscape
Structural: McLaren Engineering Group
Beach Signage: Pentagram.

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© Sage and Coombe Architects

Rockaway Beach Open Up Gallery

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