Gallery: Badboot: The World’s Largest Floating Swimming Pool Opens Toda...

 
The idea for Badboot originated only a year ago. In that short span of time a dedicated group of investors received support from the city, obtained an old ferry boat, were able to construct their pool, and then finally tow it into place in the Port of Antwerp.

The idea for Badboot originated only a year ago. In that short span of time a dedicated group of investors received support from the city, obtained an old ferry boat, were able to construct their pool, and then finally tow it into place in the Port of Antwerp. Sculp(IT) designed the project, and construction and fabrication were handled by Netherlands shipbuilder HSS BV from Maasbracht. Visitors to the floating destination can enjoy the Olympic-sized lap or kid’s pool, lounge on the deck, eat in the restaurant, or even rent the space for events.

The project’s unbridled support is most likely due to its implementation of sustainable strategies, starting off with the use of a reclaimed ferry boat for its main infrastructure. A low-maintenance design and green furnishings ensure the facility is durable and long lasting, while water efficient fixtures reduce water usage by 60%. Badboot is also outfitted with LED lighting, and a heat pump brings the water up to 28-29 deg C. But the coolest part of the project has to be the onboard reed bed water filtration system – it’s the only one of its kind in Europe. The wastewater from the showers, toilets, the restaurant kitchen and the swimming pool’s washroom are purified in the reed bed, which is artfully lit and becomes an aesthetic complement to the structure.

Badboot officially opened today and will be open seven days a week through mid-September. The pool will reopen during the colder winter months as a skating rink.

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Images ©Frederik Vercruysse/King George

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  1. cruisepiyer August 15, 2012 at 2:19 am

    woah!!! this is nice I want to go here..

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