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Ferry converted into movable floating swimming pool to open in August

May 09, 2012 by Administrator

Adapted from a 1960s ferry, the 120-meter long Badboot floating lido is set to open this August in Antwerp, Belgium.

Because the Badboot is adapted from a 1960s ferry, it can be moved around the city as needed

Designed by SCULP(IT)’s Pieter Peerlings and Silvia Mertens, the Badboot professes to be “a full-fledged leisure platform”

In total, the facility can accommodate 600 people and it’s claimed this makes it one of the largest outdoor swimming centers in the world

Though the main feature is clearly the 40-meter (131-foot) long pool itself (which, come winter, will be put to more seasonal use as an ice rink), the facility will include two events venues, a restaurant, cocktail bar (in the ferry’s converted bridge), not to mention the various exterior decks and terraces

Beneath the pool is a buffering hold which fills with water from the pool during the evening, supposedly preventing evaporation of water as well as insulating it to keep it warm, reducing the facility’s energy consumption

SCULP(IT) has aimed to make the Badboot’s design as environmentally friendly as possible. The facility will have an onboard reed bed water purification system

Though the main feature is clearly the 40-meter (131-foot) long pool itself (which, come winter, will be put to more seasonal use as an ice rink), the facility will include two events venues, a restaurant, cocktail bar (in the ferry’s converted bridge), not to mention the various exterior decks and terraces

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