FloodLAB
Inwood, NY
10,000 SF
2013

FloodLAB, an education pavilion and boat house for the New York Restoration Project, expresses resilience and sustainability along a tidal flood zone— a new publicly-accessible gateway to the Harlem River waterfront. Our landscape strategies celebrate and enhance the sustainable coastal ecologies that are native to the area. FloodLAB transforms a derelict site into an engaging educational destination— the architecture and a new waterfront promenade include a range of teaching tools to explore water stewardship and the biodiversity of the natural habitats at the water’s edge.

FloodLAB serves as both a classroom and a working laboratory for field work and experiments.  The education pavilion and boat house are equipped with deployable work tables for experiments & display, trellises for growing plants and drying specimens, a water table for water experiments using harvested rainwater, and mesh ‘storage piers’ to keep equipment safe and dry.

A new boat dock becomes a protective arm around the shoreline- it diffuses tidal wave action so a protected eelgrass colony can thrive.

The project uses reclaimed boardwalk timber for the esplanade and boat staging areas. A faceted corrugated roof channels rainwater into 5 cisterns.  Water from the cisterns will be used to wash boats, classroom gear, and irrigate plants on the site.

INVITED COMPETITION Finalist

PUBLICATIONS
Best of Education & Culture (edited by Cindy Allen, Sandow Media)

CONSULTANTS
STRUCTURAL Arup
ENVIRONMENTAL + SUSTAINABILITY Arup
ECOLOGY CONSULTING RAFT Landscape
CIVIL Mueser Rutledge
COST ESTIMATING Stuart Lynn
CODE CONSULTING Vitacco Associates