Floating Swimming Pool

(1999 - 2010)

Inspired by early 20th century floating bathhouses sited along underserved immigrant communities, the Neptune Foundation commissioned the design and adaptive re-use of a former cargo barge into a floating pool complex. The 260’ long steel barge was purchased in Louisiana where major design and engineering pieces were installed in 2003-05. It was then tugged to New York for outfitting and finish work, and opened to the public in 2007 along what is now Brooklyn Bridge Park. Since 2008, this 'mobile recreation pier' has been moored at Barretta Point Park along the Hunt’s Point waterfront, hosting up to 1200 swimmers daily in this typically underserved neighborhood.

Media + Awards (Partial List)

Women's Voices for Change, January 9th, 2014

The New York Times, July 19th, 2012

The New York Times, July 14th, 2012

Inhabitat, June 8th, 2011

The Floating Pool: Jonathan Kirschenfeld, Urban Omnibus, January 6th, 2009

International Design Awards First Place/Renovation Category, 2009

CASABELLA, January, 2009