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A floating pool for Regatta Point?

By 30 January 2013 26

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Jayme Collins has alerted us to his concept page for a floating pool and beach in Lake Burley Griffin at Regatta Point:

Concept for a floating public swimming pool & beach at Regatta Point, Canberra. The pool is connected by a series of large terraces with outdoor seating, bar and live music area. The adjacent grass area becomes a beach and gathering space for people to enjoy the pool and views of the lake. The pool walls are made of a filter membrane that filters the lake water into water suitable for swimming. The aim of the project is to provide Canberrans with an outdoor swimming area that takes advantage of lake Burley Griffin and activates the lake edge as a busy and iconic public space.

New York – http://www.pluspool.org/everybody/

Berlin – http://www.arena-berlin.de/index.php/badeschiff/

Your thoughts dear reader?

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26 Responses to A floating pool for Regatta Point?
#1
Postalgeek9:13 am, 30 Jan 13

Nice idea, wrong place.

Inappropriate for the central basin. Stick it in east or west basin if you have to.

#2
KB19719:16 am, 30 Jan 13

I like it!! Waste of money but I like it, something different that other cities don’t have.

#3
davo1019:32 am, 30 Jan 13

Postalgeek said :

Nice idea, wrong place.

Inappropriate for the central basin. Stick it in east or west basin if you have to.

Better still attach a motor and have it cruise the lake.

#4
AAMC9:40 am, 30 Jan 13

KB1971 said :

I like it!! Waste of money but I like it, something different that other cities don’t have.

Actually, I think this would be a very cost effective option, cheaper than building a traditional pool, but you would still have to convince Canberra’s that it is ok to swim in the lake, even if it is in a filtered segregated section. Why don’t we just spend money on “lake health” and a few more pontoons and the people of Canberra can harden up a little and swim in the lake (like they used to).

#5
Gungahlin Al9:42 am, 30 Jan 13

When I were lad, we used to swim in LBG – down by Yarralumla there. Last time I was in that water dragon boating, spent an incredibly painful week in hospital…

This way would end up cramped and problematic I think.

The artificial beach and pools on Southbank beside the Brisbane River is incredibly popular and wonderfully executed. I’d suggest looking to that sort of approach instead. Would be incredibly popular in summer. Maybe in winter it could be frozen over for a while for ice skating?

I agree with Postalgeek – central basin is not the place. West basin is the go – down near Rydges. Better access, existing parking and facilities.

#6
BicycleCanberra9:47 am, 30 Jan 13

Great idea. Bjarke Ingles an architect in Copenhagen also designed a swimming bath for the Copenhagen Harbour http://www.big.dk/#projects-bad. It once was very polluted now its safe to swim in.

#7
poetix9:48 am, 30 Jan 13

‘The adjacent grass area becomes a beach…’ That’s a fib.

Definition of a first world country; a floating pool. Looks like fun, but isn’t it admitting that the lake is always going to be filthy?

#8
johnboy9:52 am, 30 Jan 13

the best is the enemy of the good

#9
enrique9:54 am, 30 Jan 13

Good luck getting that one past the NCA!

#10
p19:58 am, 30 Jan 13

I love the subtle placement of sting bikinis in the concept image.

#11
poetix9:59 am, 30 Jan 13

johnboy said :

the best is the enemy of the good

With age comes wisdom…

#12
Holden Caulfield10:03 am, 30 Jan 13

p1 said :

I love the subtle placement of sting bikinis in the concept image.

More to the point, I want to see that many people swimming at the lake during winter, as the image suggests (judging by the lack of foliage on the trees).

#13
dpm10:10 am, 30 Jan 13

Love it! :-)

#14
bundah10:17 am, 30 Jan 13

There’s one very important thing missing from this concept and that is of course a wave machine,picture now complete.

#15
dpm10:20 am, 30 Jan 13

AAMC said :

KB1971 said :

I like it!! Waste of money but I like it, something different that other cities don’t have.

Actually, I think this would be a very cost effective option, cheaper than building a traditional pool, but you would still have to convince Canberra’s that it is ok to swim in the lake, even if it is in a filtered segregated section. Why don’t we just spend money on “lake health” and a few more pontoons and the people of Canberra can harden up a little and swim in the lake (like they used to).

Agree. Clean the lake so it’s not poisonous! :-P

#16
shirty_bear11:00 am, 30 Jan 13

Disappointed by my own first thought, which went, “will never happen … all those people so near the lake water … only a matter of time before one/many goes in the lake proper … lawyers/public indemnity insurance will make this scheme prohibitive”.

Followed by a grumble about why we can’t have nice things.

#17
p112:06 pm, 30 Jan 13

Holden Caulfield said :

p1 said :

I love the subtle placement of sting bikinis in the concept image.

More to the point, I want to see that many people swimming at the lake during winter, as the image suggests (judging by the lack of foliage on the trees).

Tis a very good point. It lead me to think more critically about the pic. Isn’t the water rather shallow where that pool is shown?

#18
aussieboy12:21 pm, 30 Jan 13

Fantastic idea.

ANU has stated a desire to build a pool, but has not been able to identify a suitable location. This could be a perfect option!

Somewhere between the National Museum and Sullivan’s Creek would be perfect. You could even cover it in winter , and maybe heat too?

#19
thebrownstreak6912:34 pm, 30 Jan 13

It’s a cute idea, but a total waste of money.

#20
Thumper12:38 pm, 30 Jan 13

Sounds like a pretty good idea to me, as long as they can clean up the lake otherwise it’ll be an expensive white elephant.

#21
ezy10z1:37 pm, 30 Jan 13

it sure beats those ridiculous pieces of metal (artwork) scattered around canberra

#22
ToastFliesRED2:50 pm, 30 Jan 13

So what’s new?
oops misread the title of the post, I thought you said a floating poo, my bad

#23
fabforty5:52 pm, 30 Jan 13

Swim in LBG ? Ugh ! *shudder*

#24
Martlark6:10 pm, 30 Jan 13

bundah said :

There’s one very important thing missing from this concept and that is of course a wave machine,picture now complete.

+10000 WAVE MACHINE!! Surfing on the lake! Yes please. Don’t want a boring old pool.

#25
yoyo239:38 pm, 30 Jan 13

Um, where’s the Captain Cook memorial jet (looks like it is to be removed)? And will it drop dirty LBG water on the pool on a windy day, causing the pool to look like LBG, and be closed for cleaning 10 months of the year?

#26
Texpat10:47 am, 31 Jan 13

I like the idea, but agree that it’s the wrong location. Providing more facilities to encourage Canberrans to hang out at and in the lake would be good, but there’s no point in filtering the water for the pool if unfiltered water will rain down from the Capt. Cook jet. Maybe on the other side of the bridge near Acton Park would be a better spot. Or on the other side of the lake, near Lennox Gardens.

I also agree that pool or no pool, more needs to be done to make the lake water cleaner and safer.

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