Floating Swimming Pool

(1999 - 2010)

New York City at the turn of the century had as many as 15 floating bathhouses moored along the East and Hudson rivers. These floating bathhouses were tied up to existing piers during the summer, usually near the tenement districts and provided an opportunity for the public not only to bathe, but to learn to swim. Inspired by these early 20th century floating bathhouses, In 1999, The Neptune Foundation, Inc. commissioned the design of a new type floating pool complex, to be built as an adaptive re-use of a steel deck barge. The 260' long barge was purchased and retro-fitted in Louisiana from 2003-05, tugged up to New York in 2006, and was finally completed and moored the next summer along the Brooklyn Heights waterfront. The project gained international media attention during its inaugural 2007 season, and was visited by over 50,000 swimmers.

Acting as a kind of 'migrating recreation pier', the pool in future summers will serve neighborhoods which would otherwise lack direct access to public pool facilities. Locker rooms, showers, and a snack bar are collected around a raised court with spray pad and dining terrace overlooking the pool. This court is reached from the arrival porch at the shore-side of the barge by passing a reception checkpoint. From the defined space of the court one moves to the lockers and showers at either side, before ramping down along the edge of the barge with views over the river to the pool deck. For more information, please visit http://FloatingPool.org.

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