Yarra Pool ©Studio Octopi, Yarra-Swim, Picture Plane
Melbourne non-profit, Yarra Swim Co, has teamed up with UK architects Studio Octupi to visualise what it might look like to swim in the Yarra in the near future.
The Yarra Pool concept design is one of the many visual treats featured in the broadsheet publication of The Pool*, Australia’s Venice Biennale Exhibition which opens on May 28th.
The architects behind the Thames Baths, Studio Octopi, who produced the conceptual design, are making a name for themselves designing visionary renderings of urban lidos. Their rendering for the Venice exhibition, in collaboration with Yarra Swim Co, includes a 25m lap pool and a smaller children’s play-pool within a planted, floating pontoon. Spectacular views of Melbourne’s CBD are realised from the water and surrounding decks, while changing facilities and a café support the proposal, serving to activate the river bank and provide a vibrant new public destination in Australia’s rapidly growing cultural capital.
‘The Yarra Pool is an exciting project that talks to a wider conversation globally around access to urban waterways’ –
Chris Romer-Lee | Studio Octopi & Thames Baths
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In 2012, Studio Octopi were appointed to undertake the modernisation of the theatre with the intention to reopen in time for a performance of Antigone in June 2014. The original ‘temple’ theatre building was condemned in 2009, so the College needed a new theatre building or Skene that would enable increased versatility of the theatre. Forward of the Skene, sits the stage and orchestra. In the 1960’s when the stage was extended the circular Orchestra was truncated, there was now an opportunity to reconnect the concrete terraces with the stage. Finally, circulation had always been a victim of the theatre’s success. With the entrance almost impossible to find and precariously steep stairs down into the auditorium reorientating the theatre to offer improved access was crucial. Within the theatre, years of undergrowth and landslides further hampered circumnavigation of the auditorium.
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In 1865, Sir Joseph Bazalgette’s London sewage system was opened. 150 years later the sewers are at the limits of their capacity. In 2012, 57 combined sewer overflows discharged 39 million tonnes of sewage into the River Thames. Over the next 10 years Thames Water is planning major improvements to the London sewer system. These improvements will help protect the Thames from increasing pollution for at least the next 100 years.
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