Baignad_eau_torisée (Authorized Swimming), or how to swim in a pool that cross over the Garonne River?
This is the project of a leisure facility which, thanks to its ingenious conception on an industrial barge, becomes a floating pool. It can be used by the city of Bordeaux and the Urban Community (CUB) or even on a larger territory anywhere you can find a welcoming river bank. This pool is made with a steel hull (70x16x4 meters) in which you find a steel structure that bears pools and containers. The deck is made of wood. Those two pools intent to complete the olympic facilities of Bordeaux and the CUB with a big pool of 25 meters long by 11 meters wide and 2,50 meters height, and a small one of 11 meters long by 10 meters wide and 1,40 meters height.
Eight containers houses the essential amenities for this kind of equipment such as the public reception, the office of lifeguards, changing rooms and lockers, showers and toilets, and even the sick. When the pool passes over the river, the containers are placed on the deck, whereas they fit together to suit a variety of modulations in the public arena when the equipment is operated, installed on a bank.
A filtration system of the river water is add to fill the pools and provides the autonomy for this equipment which aims to respect its environment.
The design of this pool is sober, the containers signage is entertaining and relevant, while its aesthetic reminds the industrial world. Throughout the container and the barge moves, many people have the opportunity to bathe in a clean water with views on the varied landscapes of the Garonne river.
Baignad_eau_torisée (Authorized Swimming): a floating swimming pool for all, traveling alongside the river, cruising ships, yachts and other legendary boats .
+ Project credits / data
Architect: 2:pm architectures (http://www.2pmarchitectures.com/) & dauphins architecture (http://www.dauphins-architecture.com/)
Program: mobile pool, events platform
Materials: steel structure, wood parment
Work team: CAPC musée d’art contemporain
Place: Bordeaux or on every river
Research: April 2011
Text: Laure Perrot, Art historian