Subway Vent Benches Kill Two Birds With One Stone

Hurricane Irene brought flooding to the M and R subway lines in Queens, prompting the MTA to seek innovative ways to prevent it from happening again. Rogers Marvel Architects developed an innovative solution that also creates a bench above.

A raised, undulating grate "...responds to the varied depths of expected flooding established by a hydrological study," according to RMA's website.

The Architect's Newspaper says the bench solves "...a range of engineering problems while at the same time providing a streetscape element with some wit and whimsy..."

Courtesy of Rogers Marvel Architects

Full Story: Inside Archtober “Building” of the Day #24: Subway Vent Benches


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