After Hurricane Sandy swept through New York, leaving a wake of devastation along many of the city's best-loved beaches, MNLA collaborated with a large team of designers and city agencies to address immediate beach access, safety, and long term ecological solutions for coastal communities of the Rockaways, Coney Island, and eastern Staten Island.
Design and construction was completed in only five months using a "kit of parts" comprised of modular lifeguard stations and comfort stations. MNLA's sitework design for 22 locations form new ensembles of elevated modular units with welcoming beach access points. These "islands" successfully address resiliency in anticipation of future storms, using integrated wave attenuation and topographic change coupled with shoreline plantings.
Within five months following Hurricane Sandy, New York City’s magnificent beaches were up and running with new facilities and access for all.