The Floating Restaurant concept would hang a little piece of heaven from Glenwood’s two smokestacks, which are lovingly referred to by locals as “The Gates of Hell“. The facility, which was erected in 1906 by the New York Central Railroad to provide power for its train tracks, fell abandoned after operations ceased in 1963. But now an initiative by new owner Goren Group has begun transforming the plant into an arts and events center. Bigfoot’s concept proposes capping the new center off with a fantastical dining destination within a transparent box over the Hudson.
Renderings and a video of the Floating Restaurant show a tri-level glass structure suspended between the plant’s two smokestacks using a steel tension cable system. The interior of the space appears to have a secondary cube wrapped in a large living wall of plants.
Although the Floating Restaurant is dazzling and exciting in theory, we couldn’t quite decipher from the plans how patrons would make their way up to the restaurant as there doesn’t seem to be any type of bridge or staircase from the Plant. Christelle Calderon De Stefano, associate architect at Bigfoot, explained: “People would get up to the restaurant through one of the smoke stacks and a glass bridge. There will be an elevator as well as emergency stairs introduced inside one of the smokestacks, which will give access to an enclosed glass bridge which leads you to the entry of the restaurant.”
Unfortunately, the Floating Restaurant is an independent design proposal and won’t actually be built at the Glenwood Power Plant, but due to its flexible nature, could come to fruition elsewhere in the future.