Brooklyn Bridge Park Pop-Up Pool

Spacesmith with partner firm Davis Brody Bond transformed a forgotten riverside stretch of dirt and rubble into a colorful recreational destination for children and adults. The Brooklyn Bridge Pop-up Pool has become a popular oasis to escape the heat scape the heat, provide active recreation, promote water safety with swimming lessons, and have fun. 

Rising off the greenway to the uplands of Pier 2 at Brooklyn Bridge Park, the pool is complemented by a 2,500 sf sandy beach area planted with saw-grass to enhance the waterside environment. Families can lounge in comfortable beach chairs under colorful umbrellas. An adjacent plaza decorated with bright graphics contains picnic tables and more umbrellas for patrons to enjoy food and drinks from the concession stand. Amenities such as showers, restrooms and lockers are also provided.

Repurposed shipping containers painted in bold, primary colors provide storage space and buffer the noise of the BQE and nearby roads. 

Proof that the simplest of materials can enliven any space, the Brooklyn Bridge Pop-Up Pool provides a great escape and place for the community to gather and relax. The pool was planned as a temporary amenity for only five seasons but due to it’s popularity, and with a push for local politicians, it’s tenure was extended for two seasons, through 2018. The community is now trying to secure a permanent location for a pool in the Park.


I think it was a really great idea to come up with instead of leaving the land unused until development. This was something that would give back to the community and would compliment the uses of the park, being right on the water.
— Marc Gordon, AIA, LEED® AP BD+C, Partner