“The Floating Pool Lady”
Bronx, NY | 2007 | 20,800 SF | $3.8 M
Inspired by the floating baths of late nineteenth-century New York, “The Floating Pool Lady” is a prototype for a new generation of movable waterfront pools for recreationally underserved communities. Initially moored in the East River just south of the Brooklyn Bridge, the 25-meter public pool is built on a 260-foot-long decommissioned barge with a reception area, offices, changing rooms and showers, snack bar, and a dining area. Programmed for night use, the goal was to create an airy, festive feel while maintaining views of the skyline. This meant using low-hung, shielded sources and not over-illuminating the space. The Floating Pool Lady is now moored in the Bronx at Baretto Point Park where it has become a catalyst for social change.