Badboot: Meet the Floating Olympic Pool
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What to do with a useless and scrapped ferry that is only taking up space? Turn it into a floating pool, obviously. That was the idea that the architects of Sculp (IT) Architecten, the studio in Antwerp, Belgium, were responsible for the project.
According to the Bustler website, Badboot - as it was christened - will serve as a tourist attraction in the city of Antwerp, and is due to open in August. Once completed, in addition to an Olympic-size swimming pool, the ferry will also feature several floors, a restaurant, two function rooms and will accommodate up to 600 people, spread over 120 meters in length.
In addition, the pool raft will feature some environmentally friendly options, such as a heated water flow system from the pool to a tank that will keep it warm and prevent it from evaporating. Another option is a water purification and filtration system through a bed of reeds.
Best of all, during the winter, Badboot can be turned into an ice skating rink and, as the attraction is fluctuating, it can also become itinerant, traveling to other cities and docking wherever it may be. Check out some images of the project in the gallery below: