Photo: K•Taro HashimuraYou've probably heard of farm-to-table dining, but what about pool-to-farm-to-table? If not, we encourage you to stop by Pool Farm, a rather unique dining experience at Manhattan's Ink48 hotel. Commissioned as part of the hotel's Press Lounge restaurant, the intimate space transforms a rooftop pool into a sunken dining area surrounded by edible flora. The verdant retrofit was a collaboration between Future Green Studio and Farming Up, and uses a mix of recycled and sustainable materials.
Pool Farm takes one of the two pools located on Ink48’s 16th floor and repurposes into a private rooftop garden and dining area. Future Green Studio and Farming Up lined the sunken space with ipe wood decking salvaged from another renovation project, giving it a warm, rustic feel. The wood panels, which were inspired by Japanese sushi mats, also form benches along the sides of the pool for diners to sit. Some elements of the pool, like the blue and white tile and depth warning signs, were kept intact as a fun nod to the space’s original use.
And if a restaurant that used to be a pool still isn’t enough to excite you, Pool Farm throws yet another element into the mix. In addition to being able to eat inside of a pool, diners will also find themselves sitting in the midst of some of the very veggies and herbs they’ll find served on their plates! The restaurant’s chef and professional forager worked directly with the designers to create the optimal planting palette for the rooftop’s edible garden, resulting in fresh produce that is just about as local as one can get.
Pool Farm can be booked for private parties of up to 25 people by contacting John O’Mahoney, the hotel restaurant’s Director of Sales and Marketing, at 646-572-7404.
Photos: K•Taro Hashimura