Thursday, May 03, 2012

"Das Antwerp Badboot" - In the summer it's a pool, in the winter it's an ice rink!

Antwerp is a city and municipality in Belgium. Fine artists such as Rubens, van Dyck, and other Baroque painters made a home there and to this day it is still a charming place with equally charming ideas.

Example: A ferry destined to be salvaged is suddenly rescued and transformed into both a pool when it's summer and then an ice rink when it's winter. How about that for a recycled, multi-use, venue. It goes live this August.

They call it the "badboot" which translates to "Bathing Boat."


The floating swimming pool features an Olympic-size swimming pool, a children’s pool, lounge areas, a restaurant/bar and additional event space. Visitors to the pool can enjoy the amenities for 4 euros a person. The eco-friendly facility also features a reedbed water purification system to clean the water from the port, LED lighting and the reuse of an old ferry boat. To maintain the water’s warm temperature overnight, the pool water will be drained into a buffering hold below the pool, which will also reduce evaporation. 
Badboot has a contract with the city for 10 years, at which point it could be moved or remain. During the winters, the pool will be frozen into an ice rink for skating and curling activities 

There is a gallery at Inhabitat which is pretty boss!

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