Swimming on the river, in the river

Tuesday, 02 October, 2018

Swimming on the river, in the river

A new proposal from ARM Architecture could see Perthites (Perthonians?) simultaneously swimming on the Swan River while in the Swan River.The Swan River Deck is the brainchild of local professionals with the experience, vision and desire to bring the concept to life.

The proposed development includes a 100-metre swimming pool filled with filtered water taken from the river, which has been influenced in part by the +Pool development in New York. +Pool is "a plus-shaped, water-filtering, floating swimming pool, designed to filter the very river that it floats in through the walls of the pool, making it possible for New Yorkers and its visitors to swim in clean river water. + POOL strives to reclaim the river as a recreational resource for the city, while educating the public about issues affecting our water quality", according to the +Pool website.

The same ethos is driving the WA development, which hopes to connect residents and visitors alike to the river through its floating lagoon design. The centrepiece of the plan is a 'splash', which forms multiple pools, a sand bar and additional entertainment and exhibition spaces.

The group is seeking public feedback for the Swan River Deck via an online survey, which can be accessed here.

The development is being led by NorthStar Development (project founder), with ARM as the lead architect, aquatic environment design is handled by Oceanis International, AECOM is looking after project design and engineering, Pracsys is looking at feasibility, strategy and impact, with urban strategy planning and consultation carried out by Shape Urban.

Image credit: Swan River Deck website.

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