Here are some great shots from a little trip we took a few weeks ago of the Coney Island Comfort Stations.
For those who haven't already been reading along: Garrison Architects has been designing flood-proof modular structures, engineered to withstand extreme weather conditions, for the New York City Parks Department and the Department of Design and Construction. There are currently 37 in the works, located throughout Rockaway Beach in Queens, Brooklyn's Coney Island, and Midland Beach, Wolfe's Pond Park, and Cedar Grove in Staten Island. The structures can be modified for use as comfort stations, lifeguard stations, and offices.
Each module sits off the ground and is connected to a series of ramps and landings made of off-the-rack aluminum marine gangplanks. The modular structures produce enough renewable energy to meet their needs and sustainable features include operable windows that allow for natural cross ventilation, a skylight that allows natural light to enter the space, photovoltaics, and solar hot water. The modulars have been installed at or above the ABFE 500 year flood elevation.