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The Floating Pool will let you swim in the Hudson River

The Floating Pool will let you swim in the Hudson River

Posted by Liliana Castaño on July 10, 2014

Living in New York City is probably one of the most amazing urban experiences anyone could imagine. There are hundreds of thousands of artificial places for people and plenty of natural river water surrounding them. Wouldn’t it be great if the Hudson River were swimmable? Why can’t it be possible?

The design firms PlayLab and Family think it’s time to see the water around the city with new eyes and add one more exciting experience to its attractions: a very special floating pool. As New Yorkers and designers, Dong-Ping Wong (from Family) and Archie Lee Coates IV and Jeffrey Franklin (from PlayLab) asked themselves some questions during a really hot summer in 2010.

Swimming in New York City’s natural waters might not be a safe option because of poor water quality, but the idea of a public space stretching into the Hudson River inspired them to develop a project that provides an innovative solution. And this is what + Pool does: filtrating the water that it floats in and improving the general quality level.  But + Pool is not just a filtration system. It is also an interesting design, put together by a multidisciplinary team, and a creative crowd-funding strategy.

Creating a pool that is the first of its kind is a long process, especially if each material needs to be tested. A full-scale mockup of a piece of the pool was built and has floated in Hudson River Park since April 2014. For the next six months, this Float Lab will capture a wide range of data to be used in bringing the full project to life in 2016.

When + Pools are added to New York City waters, they will be much more than a floating public space. They will be a new way to look at natural water resources through design.

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