This afternoon the city announced that the Swedish firm White Arkitekter won the FAR ROC Design Competition, which asked architecture firms to design sustainable, storm-resilient development for the Arverne East site in the Rockaways. The Wall Street Journal reported the news, saying that “The firm’s proposal features a kinked boardwalk to help break up the force of a storm surge, water basins, a small canal to help collect water and a pier extending far into the ocean featuring event spaces and possible an oyster farm.” The firm found design inspiration from both Sweden and the Netherlands, also storm-prone areas. You can view the full proposal, “Small Means and Great Ends,” here [PDF]. White Arkitekter will receive a $30,000 prize. It is possible the ideas of all four finalists could be integrated into the final development of the site, which is more than 80 acres.
Rendering via White Arkitekter