Dive Into New York City’s Best Indoor Pools That Are Architecturally Cool
New York is famous for many things—parks, squares, shops, landmarks, etc. Pools? Not so much. That’s more of a Miami thing, especially in March. Although there’s still a Northeast chill in the Manhattan air, it doesn’t mean all New Yorkers are fish out of water. Pool access for residents of luxury condos is just an elevator ride away, no matter the season. Let’s take a dip in some of their architecturally unique pools—a.k.a. cool pools.
Portuguese for “garden,” Brazilian architect Isay Weinfeld’s Jardim (two 11-story towers in the West Chelsea neighborhood) displays a canopy of native evergreens, flowering trees and a serene pool surrounded by terrazzo floors and warm reclaimed old-growth pine walls which open up to the courtyard gardens via staggered skylights that flood the space with natural sunlight.
Why do you need panoramic views when you’re head’s in the water? Why not? That’s what goggles are for. Designed by Hill West Architects, One Seaport offers residents The Water Club—a luxurious pool and hydrotherapy experience spanning the 13th floor (good luck!). Along with water activities for adults and kids, it boasts 360-degree views of the East River, New York harbor, bridges and landmarks like the Statue of Liberty—so residents can feel totally free and relaxed.
American Copper Buildings
These under-construction angular, copper-clad towers along the Manhattan’s East River will be conjoined by a three-story skybridge where residents can swim across the 75-foot lap pool from one tower to the next while basking in the sun via giant glass walls with panoramic city and water views.
11 Beach Street
Danish architect Thomas Juul-Hansen designed subterranean spas at each of the his spectacular townhouses at 11 Beach Street. The tranquil private spas include 50-foot stainless steel serenity pools with invisible glass walls amid floor-to-ceiling imported stone tiles and soothing custom lighting—far from the city chaos.
507 West Chelsea
This sculpted glass tower in the shadow of the High Line showcases a gorgeous Scandinavian-inspired swimming pool that exudes understated elegance—with its oversized custom lighting, skylight, decorative columns amid rich wood ceiling and flooring, and plush poolside seating.
This reimagined NoMadpost-war building was modernized by Workshop/APD which includes a two-lane L-shaped indoor pool with deep and shallow ends, adjacent hot tub, ample windows which invites natural light, and a unique mosaic ceiling to admire during your backstroke.
135 West 52nd Street
This luxurious bright lights big city glass tower exhibits a 75-foot shimmering oasis pool fit for a pharaoh. The tranquil lap pool dazzles with custom mosaic tile, marble, and integrated seating alcoves—all of which recall a picturesque, golden Egyptian tomb at Luxor, sans sarcophagi. For residents here, the treasure is the pool.
This condo’s 18,000 square feet of amenities includes a spa, steam room, sauna and an opulent 75-foot indoor pool with recessed skylights that span its length and suffuse sunlight into the room year round.
Helmut Jahn’s luxury condominium in Manhattan’s financial district includes a glimmering subterranean Water Club equipped with experiential showers, hot tub, sauna and steam room, and a 60-foot lap pool with lifeguard, water polo and water aerobics. The pool space is bathed in warm woods, reflective ceiling and decorative “W” wall.
By Keith Flamer, Forbes
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