The floating swimming pool complex is a spatial structure complementing and changing an abandoned city property, thereby asserting three key aspects of modern society: temporariness, adaptability and mobility. The topic of temporariness incorporates the initial design by using a prefabricated structure for the swimming pool facility and pointing to the inevitable degradation and deterioration of the materials used. Along the lines of the utopian visions of the 1960s, which regarded mobility as a necessary precondition for the development of the city of the future, mobility is here employed as a strategy for the activation of the coast and urban integration.

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The floating swimming pool complex is a spatial structure complementing and changing an abandoned city property, thereby asserting three key aspects of modern society: temporariness, adaptability and mobility. The topic of temporariness incorporates the initial design by using a prefabricated structure for the swimming pool facility and pointing to the inevitable degradation and deterioration of the materials used. Along the lines of the utopian visions of the 1960s, which regarded mobility as a necessary precondition for the development of the city of the future, mobility is here employed as a strategy for the activation of the coast and urban integration.

The view of the city from the sea recognises its spatial value, whereas the coastal horizon of the abandoned industrial premises serves as the area of possible intervention. Having asserted the abandoned areas, the project has transformed the coastal area, which for decades had been inaccessible and closed to the public, into a place of social interaction.

The project evaluates historical heritage and the social aspect of the city. A range of public swimming pools were developed in the 19th and early 20th centuries, in the area stretching from Sušak to Kantrida. They were places of leisure, but also an important part of the city’s social life. By registering individual interfaces of the urban fabric and the sea, the anchoring locations of the swimming pool have been determined as possible intervention spaces.

The spatial concept developed in parallel to the exploration of historical and theoretical framework of temporary architecture. The programme project of the Floating Swimming Pool manifests itself in three structural elements: the pool as its main content, the floating platform for social activities and the infrastructure upgrade of dedicated facilities.

The floating structure consists of a steel cage with inserted polyethylene barrels. The pool shell, made of steel sheets, is executed according to the principle of a ballast tank within a boat. Swimming pool technology, at the same time, also purifies water that pours back into the sea. Type steel scaffolding provides for an infrastructure upgrade, housing dedicated facilities.

By connecting to the urban infrastructure grid and installing container plugin contents to the coast, the parasitic effect has been created.

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Project Data

Robert Barbir, Nika Bralić, Ivana Brzović and Ivan Bulian
Mentors: Assist. Prof. Mateo Biluš, Senior Lecturer Zorana Protić, Assist. Prof. Vedran Duplančić
Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning, Zagreb