With rapid ice melt, sea level rise poses a threat to a large portion of the world’s population and architecture that resides in coastal regions. The tidal jetty embraces tidal variation and sea-level rise to create a responsive, kinetic urban folly on the coastline of Hudson river.
The project is imagined as replaceable, pre-fabricated wood construction with permanent concrete pillars. Elements of the structure rise and fall with the tide. As a result, ramps must expand and contract in length to accommodate changes in elevation. The structural facades of the inhabitable spaces open and close with idal variation. As sea levels continue to rise, the facades will permanently close and selected elements of the structure will continue to rise.