photography © David Sundberg/Esto & Travis Huggett.
Rogers Marvel Architects
Designed to protect the subway from damaging stormwater in a number of flood prone areas in Queens, these raised ventilation grates also exemplify the importance of aesthetics within pragmatic urban design. The sculptural undulating form of these stainless steel grates create a public awareness of the stormwater issue they were designed for.
Recognizing that the broader problem is driven by infrastructure and soil permeability which is outside of the scope of the project, the design creates a permanent expression for an
intermittent problem which needs to be adressed.