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A floating pool for Regatta Point?

By johnboy - 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?

What’s Your opinion?


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26 Responses to
A floating pool for Regatta Point?
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Postalgeek 9:13 am
30 Jan 13
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Nice idea, wrong place.

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

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KB1971 9:16 am
30 Jan 13
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I like it!! Waste of money but I like it, something different that other cities don’t have.

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davo101 9:32 am
30 Jan 13
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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.

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AAMC 9:40 am
30 Jan 13
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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).

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Gungahlin Al 9:42 am
30 Jan 13
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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.

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BicycleCanberra 9:47 am
30 Jan 13
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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.

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poetix 9:48 am
30 Jan 13
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‘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?

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johnboy 9:52 am
30 Jan 13
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the best is the enemy of the good

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enrique 9:54 am
30 Jan 13
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Good luck getting that one past the NCA!

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p1 9:58 am
30 Jan 13
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I love the subtle placement of sting bikinis in the concept image.

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poetix 9:59 am
30 Jan 13
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johnboy said :

the best is the enemy of the good

With age comes wisdom…

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Holden Caulfield 10:03 am
30 Jan 13
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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).

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dpm 10:10 am
30 Jan 13
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bundah 10:17 am
30 Jan 13
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There’s one very important thing missing from this concept and that is of course a wave machine,picture now complete.

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dpm 10:20 am
30 Jan 13
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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! 😛

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