Location
Brooklyn, NY

Completion
2007

Client
The Neptune Foundation

Square Footage
20,000 SF

Architect
Jonathan Kirschenfeld Associates

The Floating Pool

Sciame was the Construction Manager responsible for the construction of the the Floating Pool project, which was inspired by the floating baths of the late nineteenth century. The Neptune Foundation commissioned the design and construction of a prototype for a new generation of movable waterfront pools for recreationally underserved communities.

The Floating pool was built within an existing steel deck barge 80’ by 260’. Locker rooms, bathrooms, showers, a spray pool and a snack bar are collected around a raised court and terrace overlooking the seven lane, 25 meter swimming pool. The retrofitted barge is reached by two dramatic aluminum gangways and accommodates 170 swimmers at one time.

The initial work, performed in a shipyard in Louisiana, had been delayed. Sciame was responsible for planning and overseeing all construction activities from the time the barge (shell) arrived in NYC through the grand opening on July 4, 2007.

Project Awards

April 24, 2019

International Design Awards (IDA)
First Place/Renovation Category

April 24, 2019

Building Brooklyn Awards
Brooklyn Innovator Category

April 24, 2019

New York City Department of Parks & Recreation
Best Pool for 2008

April 24, 2019

Municipal Art Society of New York
MASterworks Best Neighborhood Catalyst Award

April 24, 2019

Cooper-Hewit National Design Award
Runner Up, People’s Design Award

April 24, 2019

Dwell Magazine
Nice Modernist

April 24, 2019

Jonathan Kirschenfeld Associates
Honor Award