Ah, glorious summer. It's time to catch some rays and lounge at the pool - a recycled pool, that is! Over the last couple years creative individuals have used whatever resources are at their disposal to create places to take a dip and cool off. Whether they're made from dumpsters, old containers, boats or even revamped canals, these repurposed pools are perfect for getting your swim on this summer. If you're like the millions without access to a swimming pool, perhaps one of these ideas will inspire you to build your own!
Pools are short in supply in NYC, so Macro Sea set out to add more with their ingenious Dumpster Pools. Commissioned by the city, Macro Sea built three pools out of repurposed trash receptacles for residents and visitors to splash around in. The mobile pools were elevated off the ground and feature a generous pool deck on which to catch some rays. There’s no word when they’ll be back, but we’ve got our fingers crossed and a swimsuit in our bag just in case.
New Orleans-based architect Stefan Beese took a more refined approach to dumpster pools by turning his trash dump into a wood-clad dream. His Pool Box is made from a 22×7 ft steel refuse container, which was lined with protective foam insulation and clad in pine wood slats. This little lap pool is the perfect addition to any backyard.
Louisa Dawson saw this little mini dumpster and envisioned it as perfect spot to soak in. While still a bit rough on the exterior, the interior is lined with aqua tiles and outfitted with a swimming pool ladder for easy access. This totally portable pool can easily be brought to anywhere to make it an instant pool party.
Badboot is the world’s largest floating swimming pool and is located on the water in Antwerp. It was built from old ferry boat and features a 120 meter long swimming pool, two event halls, a lounge terrace and a restaurant. Besides being an amazing swimming pool perfect for both laps and lounging, the pool also has an innovative reed bed to filter the pool’s water in an eco-friendly way. Badboot is open for swimming all summer long and has lots of events, activities and fitness classes for anyone to enjoy.
The Dotonbori Canal in Osaka will soon become the world’s largest outdoor swimming pool. Work is underway to turn the existing watering hole into a family destination alongside the already hopping nightlife area. The canal has undergone a massive revitalization in order to clean up the waterway and make it clean enough to swim in. Once completed, the canal repurposed into a pool will be open from June to September for a $10-15 admission fee.
Old petroleum industrial objects have found a second, and better life, as pools on the rooftop of Hotel Básico in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. These bright orange pools were built by Central de Arquitectura and interior designer Héctor Galvan from old tanks and provide the perfect location from which to gaze out at the ocean. A good sanding, a few coats of paint and a spot with a view is all you need to make your own version.