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Relax in Style in Aquaria Grande’s Private Infinity Pools

Posted by on Monday, April 30th, 2012

Aquaria Grande Private Balcony Infinity Pool

Image: News

Here’s an almost universal truth: people love infinity pools. The optical illusion of a sheer drop-off, paired with the fact that it seems to defy physics, makes infinity pools a nearly irresistible feature of many high-class hotels. Normally, you have to ride an elevator to the roof of such a building if you want to take a dip in one of these pools, but what if you could have your very own infinity pool right off of your apartment? Continue reading…

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Through The Eyes of a Goldfish: The Unsettling “Swimming Pool” Art Piece

Posted by on Friday, April 27th, 2012

Swimming Pool at the MoMA PS1 Exhibit

Image: Pondly

Yesterday, I covered a swimming pool with a mural on the bottom of it. Those types of installations are probably my favorite pieces of aquatic architecture, the ones that use water as the focal point or the message of art. Floating buildings are neat and all, but I’d much rather check out art pieces that make me view water in a whole new light. Continue reading…

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Mumbai’s Post Apocalyptic Swimming Pool

Posted by on Thursday, April 26th, 2012

Mumbai Swimming Pool Depicts New York City

Image: Cubeme

Global temperatures are on the rise, and so are water levels. A bunch of different organizations are trying to raise public awareness about this environmental threat, but few are doing it quite as effectively as HSBC Bank.

The bank hired advertising agency Ogilvy & Mather in Mumbai to come up with a clever and chilling ad campaign. The ad agency took an aerial shot of the New York City skyline and put it at the bottom of a swimming pool in Mumbai. Swimmers might hop in to take a dip, only to realize that they’re backstroking over top of one of the world’s most iconic cities. The unsaid message is as clear as the chlorinated water: this is the fate of the world if we do not stop global warming. Continue reading…

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New Yorkers Go Swimming in Artsy Dumpsters

Posted by on Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Distant Shot of the Dumpster Pool

Image: Macro-Sea

Yes, it’s dumpster diving again. I know, I know, all of my loyal fans out there have read each of my articles hundreds of times by now, so you know that I’ve already written about dumpster swimming pools before. Well, as it turns out, more than one New York artist was amused by the dumpster diving pun.

These particular dumpster pools were designed by Jocko Weyland, David Belt, and Alix Feinkind, the three minds behind Macro|Sea. And, unlike so many other aquatic New York projects, they built it in 14 days and on a shoestring budget. Continue reading…

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Copenhagen Harbor Bath Indulges Your Inner Pirate

Posted by on Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Aerial View of the Copenhagen Harbor Bath

Image: JDSA

If you were going to design a swimming pool, how would you do it? Would you just make a big rectangle with a deep end and a shallow end? C’mon, you can do a lot better than that. I think if I were going to do it, I’d pull out all the stops and design something that really appealed to the kid in me: an enormous outdoor swimming pool shaped like a sinking ship.

Of course, if I did that, I’d just be stealing that idea from Copenhagen’s Harbor Bath. Continue reading…

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Paradise Lost: Maldives to Become Real-Life Atlantis

Posted by on Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Low-Lying Maldives Island

Image: BeautifulPlacesToVisit

I’m guessing most of you have heard that song that goes, “Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you got ’til it’s gone. They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.”

Back when the composers wrote that song, they were probably imagining things like forests, jungles, and natural wonders. What they probably didn’t have in mind was the ocean. Still, now that we’re in 2012, it’s looking like that song is as true as ever. We just need to switch around the lyrics a little bit: “They drowned paradise and put up a fishing spot.” Continue reading…

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Swim, Play, Lounge, Sunbathe at the Kastrup Sea Bath

Posted by on Friday, April 20th, 2012

Swimmers at the Kastrup Sea Bath

Image: Arch Daily

Yesterday, I covered a nifty looking German floating swimming pool, which allowed swimmers to splash about in chlorinated water, all while being scant inches from the river. As convenient and hygienic as that swimming pool is, sometimes pools like that can kind of miss the point. Sure, the natural bodies of water aren’t the cleanest places on planet Earth, but sometimes we just don’t care. It’s nice to just dive into a product of Mother Nature and genuinely swim with the fishes.

Still, it’s nice having all of the amenities of modern technology. I may want to swim in the ocean, but that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t also like a private changing room and water fountain. Continue reading…

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Put on Your Swim Trunks and Grab a Beer at the German Badeschiff

Posted by on Thursday, April 19th, 2012

The Badeschiff on the Spree River

Image: Komat

Back in 2004, German artist Susanne Lorenz was disappointed that a certain stretch of the Spree River was almost completely neglected by the locals. To remedy that, she opened up an art exhibit as part of Berlin’s Statdkunstprojekte (City Art Project Society). The art exhibit turned out to be popular — unexpectedly so. When the art exhibit was over, a bunch of German locals wanted to keep it.

So, what do you do with an adored floating art exhibit that has outlived its usefulness? You shave off the top, pour some water into it, and convert it into a public floating swimming pool. Now dubbed Badeschiff (bathing ship), the pool gives Berliners a clean and beautiful place to swim. Continue reading…

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The Waterbeds of the Future Look Incredibly Impactical

Posted by on Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

Moat Bed Aquatic Furniture

Image: Dornob

Waterbeds never really caught on. They were an interesting fad, but the fact that your bed could spring a leak and ruin your bedroom really limited their potential. On top of that, they just weren’t very comfortable. I tried laying on one once, and I just couldn’t get used to the rocking motion. Continue reading…

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Walk on Water (Kinda) With Hydrofloor Pools

Posted by on Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

Descent of the Hydrofloor Panel

Image: Hydrofloor

I’m a guy, and that means that I love secret compartments. When I was young, I would make fortresses out of blankets with concealed entrances, hide my things all over my room, and delight in the secret hiding spot behind the row of bushes in our yard. There’s just something about hidden spaces that brings out the kid in me. So, needless to say, my interest was piqued when I heard about hidden swimming pools. Continue reading…