Dry Mole

Marking the line of high tide.

Long Island, NY

This proposal traces the line of detritus which marks high tide. Small buildings resting on wooden piers make-up the existing harbor structure. Our idea changes the relationship between building and sea:

  • Rotate the orientation of the piers 90 degrees to run parallel to the water’s edge.
  • Set the building line and boardwalk back from the water’s edge.

These two operations form and protect a wetland threshold between land and sea.

The carousel enclosure becomes a lighthouse at the mole’s end.

Project Info

  • Design 1996 (competition)
  • Size 4 acres