FAR ROC (For a Resilient Rockaway), a design competition seeking development strategies for an 80 plus-acre site on the Rockaway Peninsula in Queens, New York, has selected White Arkitekter’s design solution as the winning entry. The competition was organized in response to the extensive damage the area sustained following Hurricane Sandy in October 2012.
Stockholm-based White, in collaboration with Arup and Gensler as associate architect, submitted “Small Means and Great Ends,” which aims to better navigate natural disasters while creating a stronger socio-economic environment. To that end, the team proposes commercial and public spaces; housing; parks; and systems that disperse, absorb, and redirect storm water.
Forming the core of the development will be a town square accommodating a mix of public and commercial functions and services, such as office space, retail, a restaurant, hotel, and movie theater. Other proposed components include a learning/conference center, housed in a round building near a nature preserve; a community center with a transparent, cantilevered façade; and a small medical center