A Floating Pool?
A giant floating pool just off the riverside of Manhattan – for swimming and also filters and cleans the water? Why not? That’s what a group of designers and architects are proposing in + Pool (Plus Pool), a multi-purpose pool and urban revitalization concept that is in the shape of – you guessed it – a plus sign. They are looking for civic support for what is envisioned as a “giant strainer dropped into the river”, which will also serve as a public amenity and ecological prototype. We love the sexy pool images and the clever way water filtration is incorporated into the concept:
The idea would be that the floating pool(s) could be integrated into any of Manhattan’s riverside parks, adding an extra iconic element. The pool’s configuration also allows different mixed uses: the shallower areas for kids’ and lounging pool, the deeper areas for sports and lap swimming, or for swim meets as well.
The pool walls consist of concentric layers of filtration materials that screen out bacteria, pollutants and odors so that the water within the pool is safe for swimming – reminiscent of an artificial floating trash island which can be constructed to purify a water body by filtering out impurities. Not surprisingly, + Pool harkens back to the old days back in the 19th century when floating spas and riverside public pools filled with droves of happy swimming people existed in Lower Manhattan. Even today in NYC, there’s The Floating Lady, a recommissioned barge in the Bronx that was transformed in 2007 into a floating barge pool.