The people behind + POOL, New York’s buzzed-about floating river pool, have announced the start of work on a beta version of the watering hole–and another ambitious round of fundraising.
Designers and founders Dong-Ping Wong, Archie Lee Coates IV and Jeff Franklin said the “fabrication” of Float Lab, the test pool, will begin early next year and continue through next summer at the Hudson River’s Pier 40, providing the team with data regarding seasonal filtration, among other matters. The Brooklyn-based naval architects at Persak & Wurmfeld will assist with the Float Lab portion of this project.
on the waterfront
Chief among Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s signature accomplishments is the rezoning since 2001 of 40 percent of the city.
And while that staggering figure touched upon almost every pocket of New York, it was perhaps most pronounced in waterfront neighborhoods that flipped from industrial to commercial zoning. That paved the way for high-rise mixed-use towers in previously squat outer-borough districts of Williamsburg and Long Island City.
Last week, +POOL, that brilliant, crazy, possibly over-designed, possibly perfectly designed project that places a floating, self-filtering pool in the East River announced it was going to try and raise $1 million in the next six months to make its aquatic dreams come true. It is a prospect, which makes The Observer giddy with child-like joy. Swimming in the river, in river water no less.
That youthful excitement is infectious, especially when talking to Dong-Ping Wong, one +POOL’s founders. “It’s a simple idea that didn’t really come from anywhere,” he explained in an interview. “As for ‘Why the idea?’ It was a combination of a few things, a hot and sweaty summer looking at the water, taking the train over the water, and riding my bike over the water but never really seeing it at all. I’m from San Diego, we use and view water very differently than we do from here.”