Project: Baily's Beach Club
Location: Newport, RI

The devastation at the beach from the 1991 Hurricane Bob led the club to seek alternative means for reconstructing their facilities. The goal was to redesign the structure to better withstand future forces of nature, keeping damage to a minimum. Storm damage at the building appeared to be primarily caused by the insistent action of waves and wind against the broad wall surfaces facing the sea. To prevent such severe action on these walls, beachfront cabanas were constructed as hinged panels, which will open out of the path of water currents. The remaining partitions would remain stationary to brace the entire structure against destructive forces. The hinged panels of the front and rear cabana walls open to create a deflecting shield, diverting water to the aisles between the rows. Several severe storms have since traversed the area, and damage has been almost non-existent.