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A floating pool in the rivers of New York City

Family and The Office of Playlab in New York campaign to build a self-filtering swimming pool in the Hudson

Due to a plan to increase the environmental quality of New York City set forth by Mayor Bloomberg in 2007 many initiatives have been put in place to revitalise the parks lining the shores of both the Hudson and the East Rivers. As a part of this initiative, Plus Pool intends to re-establish the connection between New York and the waterways that surround it. As a public swimming pool that floats off the shore of Manhattan, it is a ‘project that exemplifies the potentials of the city’s natural waterways’ and offers an ‘island retreat’ away from the claustrophobic density of the city.

In order to maximise usage, the cross form of the pool divides the space into four areas: children, sport, lap and lounge. ‘Like a giant strainer dropped into the river, the pool filters bacteria, pollutants and odours through concentric layers of water-cleansing materials, integrated directly into the pool walls, leaving only safe and swimmable water.’

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