A unique meld between New York past and future. A gift that will keep giving for years to come.
Posted by drpaladin1
In a place where you're surrounded by water that you can't touch a floating pool is a soothing reprieve. It's both on and in the water...so are we. If only we'd had this in 04.
Posted by elizabethd
What a treasure! New Yorkers, especially our children, deserve one more pool. It gives all of us more opportunity to access the water, learn how to swim, have fun and stay healthy. And hopefully many other architects will be inspired by this innovative way of using a space for recreation and fun.
Posted by sorosjolanta
Yet another treasure on NYC's map. I can't wait to do my laps there on a hot summer evening. New York is STILL the greatest! Encore!!!
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Posted by alphason
Shows what can happen if you persevere. Wish it was on the Jersey side of the Hudson
Posted by walkwayman
Because NYC needs reminders of the importance of water, surprise, sun and a little bit of magic.
Posted by jlutfy
Inovative and useful design
Posted by martyi45
Posted by goingcoastal
Beautiful, practical and popular. There are too few safe and fun places for kids in NYC to play. We need more of this.
Posted by marcopolo
I was fortunate to have spent an evening this summer on the Floating Pool Lady. Kudos to the designers for creating such a magical place. Recognizing this project despite the bureacracy of city government is an accomplishment worthy of this award and many more. Good luck beating those fabric shoes!
Posted by JRoseph
This is an inspiring design that rejuvenates the waterfront - form and function meet perfectly.
Posted by skb
this design brings the healthiest form of fitness to the masses, teach kids to swim and they will be healthy for a lifetime
Posted by email@example.com
The view was wonderful. Other than that I do not get what people found so exciting about it. I guess it just shows how pathetic NYC's other aquatic opportunities are.
Posted by transplanted new yorker
It was one of the most poetic architectural gestures on the harbor that I have seen in a long time. It captured the essence of adaptive-reuse in such a creative, thoughtful and fun way. It mixed good design with great function. Everyone I know who went to the floating pool adored it.
Posted by npeyser
i reackon i got me on a dem pools back in 67'. i dun did drained that dang ol thang fore mah house got forclosure n i went a livin in da woods 2 eat them there coons.
Posted by jimmyjeane
Because it reintegrates New Yorkers with their waterfront heritage, while giving them a good time.
Posted by Lorens Holm
A wonderful marriage of beauty and function. What I especially liked was the way one "walked the plank "to get to the pool. It created an "ah" response at the realization of suspension over the water of the harbor combined with the anticipation of swimming in a pool in the harbor. Lots of levels of
Posted by stevietrudeau
The floating pool captures the essence of urban planning for park design by using commercial materials for public use with its unique concept. This mobile pool can be transported to various neighborhoods within the port while promoting the benefits of waterfront redevelopment. J.Andrusky
Posted by J.Andrusky
The floating pool is wonderful.
Posted by MargaretCusack
The floating pool is a delight. It is truly a treasure. Margaret Cusack
Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, NY
Posted by MargaretCusack
What a concept! A great design and realized into something so practical.
Posted by Manette Bender
makes more sense to bring it to areas that currently enjoy no waterfront access whatsoever, rather than enhancing areas that have some sort of amenities already. would be more powerful that way. oh well, maybe after two years....
Posted by poolfor the masses
Paris in Brooklyn at last!!
Posted by ccahan
The description doesn't do this project justice. Best to Google it.
Posted by scott amron
Great job !
Posted by bruno70
From what I know this is the culmination of a long and extensive quest that has produced a superb final product. The Floating Pool recycles an old barge, uses elegant clean design and reactivates the waterfront. What more can we ask for?
Posted by lkiss1
I think it's really poetic and inspiring
Posted by yogini
Very impressive! Great use of space which doesn't actually take up any real land space. I like that it can be moved around and will provide much needed public access to swimming facilities . The staff there did a great job in keeping it clean and organized. Bravo!
Posted by cdongod
i don't get what the big deal is about. its so boring compared to the brooklyn bridge park that will be built on this site.
Posted by landscape
The floating pool is terrific! Beautiful design with a beautiful backdrop. (a note unrelated to the design: the operating staff at the pool did an amazing job organizing the lines and answering questions)
Posted by msmey
it's a good design because it solves a real human problem--lack of access to aquatic fun in the city--with grace and restraint.
Posted by sholman
It's about time - since Paris always has its floating pool every summer. It's not new concept but a must have as NYC as cosmopolitant city. The architect should include 'piscine josephine baker' as precedent. It's a good design from the get go as Parisian enjoy the pool for many years. C'est tout.
Posted by hadijanto Djojo
Very cool concept!
Posted by KathinCO
the design in and of itself is rather nice, but swimming in the new york city skyline is something else. i love the idea that it moves around to be shared with different neighborhoods. the temporal aspect of the design is really special.
Posted by janelle
Amazing concept that offers exercise, relaxation and fun to all people.
Posted by LR
It makes swimming available to communities traditionally underserved by pools...we need more such projects in our nation's cities.
Visiting swimmer from NM
Posted by nmswimmer
An amazing plus for the New York waterfront
Posted by LenG
The best of form meeting function!
The concept of floating water on water is sublime as was the experience of the swim itself. Manhatten sky line on one side and the heights on the other. bravo!
Posted by LAS
Wonderfully designed. You took something not so beautiful and made it gorgeous. I think it's great to have such an amenity in a city like New York, where many recreational spaces have been eliminated. It should definitely be a prototype for other borough's/cities with watefront :)
Posted by kjforde
it was beatiful, and all inclusive for all people. the way public land should be enjoyed. lets pray that this americanism continues.
Posted by amrbusy
The Floating Pool Lady brilliantly, beautifully gave Brooklynites the ability to swim in an area that had been inacessible for more than 200 years. Free and handicapped-accessible, it brought together people of all ages, incomes and abilities in an atomsphere of ease, acceptance and fun.
Posted by Anne Samachson
adaptive reuse at its best ... a clean design celebrates the concept, which infuses history with poetry for the active enjoyment of the community. thank you for this beautiful vision - and for revitalizing the waterfront.
Posted by barbararomer
The self-satisfied presentation is inadequate for the purpose, leaving people waiting longer to use it than the time spent swimming. The affected and forced symmetrical design is unnecessarily rigid and pretentious. This does not deserve a design award.
Posted by skeptic
beauty - functional - big asset to the community -recycling at its best..
few structures being bult today has had the impact as this floating pool..
and wy cool also
Posted by philip greenberg
A steamy NYC day in a pool with a gorgeous view of the financial district. What could be more perfect?
Posted by Ms. M
MIND BOGGLING AWESOME!
Posted by LADYA1
A very pleasant clean pleasant environment. I would like to thank Lyn for her recommendation. Downtown NYC in the background and an unusual place downtown Brooklyn. A place for all NYC people! Thanks, Lisa & Jen Queens NYC
Posted by lisa panella
Reaffirms the waterfront as part of the recreational world of NY in a new and different way with a nod to historical precedents
Posted by cpdix
WOW! Barge Beautiful.
Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org
A gorgeous, innovative design beautifully functional, and a real contribution to the city. One of the best things about New York in recent years! -A. Schwartz
Posted by alix s
Floating Pool fuses New York City history of swimming barges with 21st century senibilities and design, which energized a portion of the Brooklyn waterfront this summer. The Floating Pool should serve as a prototype for the city to replicate for other locations throughout the five boroughs. Kudos!
Posted by oksuzanne
Wonderfully simple yet elegant!
Posted by dougpope18
New Yorkers need accessible, safe, enticing venues for healthy aerobic exercise away from traffic. This pool fills the bill, while mixing all ages and fitness levels in a beautiful and welcoming setting. A great example of clever re-use of obsolete industrial assets! Build more!
Posted by mps
Being a pool seeker wherever I go, this design really resonnates with me. The clean lines of this brightly lit lap and "swim about" pool make it totally inviting. Love the design and the warm-cool colors. LoisGaeta
Posted by Lois Gaeta
Beyond its incredible innovation, the Floating Pool Lady has had a rare and unprecedented impact on this City's recreation. We can't wait to have her back in the New York harbor next season.
Posted by carlismith
WOWSERS from Alaska....
Posted by rescuemeinthevalley
How can you even CONSIDER any
How can you even consider any
other nominee!!! The Floating Pool
is in every way more dramatic, more handsome, and an asset to New York City and its boroughs. aeveritt
Posted by alice everitt
An amazing use of existing materials--a barge turned into a pool. A fantastic imagination, to come up with the idea and see how it could be done! A clean, sleek look. Joins re-use of materials to visual beauty to a splendid public purpose.
Posted by cloverwp
the best thing that has happened to Brooklyn this year. Waterfront bathing for the people!
Posted by nwiggins
What a beautiful, beautiful, project.
I loved swimming with the Empire State building, the Statue of Liberty and all the boats and people from all over this world. Only in New York, only in New York!!
Posted by Lily
The Floating Pool~Lady is one of those rare projects that brings all of humanity together. I was so proud to be a small part of it and thank Ann for towing the line to make sure that it happened.
Posted by Lyn
beautiful and practical - and makes it possible for New Yorkers to FEEL not only the wonder of swimming in the sunshine in sight of the skyline, but also to be in a beautiful place at the same time. - BC
Posted by BFAC
There should be one of these pool barges every ten blocks, or so, on the East and Hudson Rivers, so everyone in the City can swim in the summer, any time they want to.
What an amazing project!
The swimming pool barge gives the rivers back to the community.
Posted by prisjalex
beautiful, functional and fun - and gives kids of all ages the ability to swim in the East River :)
Posted by gwiggins
50,000 kids and adults enjoyed the free use of this one of a kind pool swimming in the water floating in the water of the East River
Posted by abuttenwieser
50,000 kids and adults enjoyed the free use of this one of a kind pool swimming in water floating in the water of the East River
Posted by abuttenwieser