Urban Beach / O + A

O + A have conceived a conceptual pool scheme for a river in Amsterdam. Entitled Urban Beach, the pool appears as a continuous band that is folded and lifted to create a mobius strip-like effect. The folding allows the object to become more flexible, and the architects see it as a framework for various programmatic activities, such as an open-air movie theater in the summer, or a wellness center in the winter.

More images and more about the pool after the break, via Dezeen.

A major platform slopes into the water bringing users right to the edge of the IJ river, as an elevated strip wraps around the void of the pool to create a viewing deck.

“Through initiating the floating swimming pool, O+A is attempting to create something which will allow potential users to form their own image of a site, in a much more natural way. By combining public program with a future building site, city dwellers are enabled to familiarise themselves with a site while being entertained.”

The floating swimming pool touches upon many aspects of the city, one being Amsterdam’s push toward sustainability. The image of people swimming in the river would be a testament to the water quality – allowing the project “to charm citizens, enterprises and governments alike.”

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Cite: Karen Cilento. "Urban Beach / O + A " 08 Apr 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/55763/urban-beach-o-a> ISSN 0719-8884

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