Webers Court Bungalows in Sheepshead Bay
This reconstruction of an existing waterfront mews of bungalows destroyed during Super Storm Sandy addresses the vulnerabilities of both the individual house and the neighborhood to climate change. Webers Court’s location directly on the waterfront and sloping towards the bay required a living breakwater to withstand storm surge and rising tides. In lieu of a retaining wall, the breakwater would create a permeable area hosting marine life. The city considered several ambitious reconstructions including raising the ground, a boardwalk similar to that proposed for Stanton Court, and even housing on a wharf.
This original plan had the support of many homeowners, but exceeded the capacity of post Sandy reconstruction funding programs. Nevertheless, the bungalows have been either lifted or rebuilt and a new water mews-scaled infrastructure installed, as seen in the as-built photographs.
As a result of our work in Sheepshead Bay, we designed 83 houses for Build it Back using modular methods.