Macro Sea

Mobile Dumpster Pools

New York City

2009 to present

The dumpster is a ubiquitous object in any city, but swimming pools? Not so common. Brooklyn-based real estate development group, Macro Sea, conceived of Dumpster Pools a few hot summers ago, transforming a junkyard into a temporary “lo-fi country club,” replete with lawn chairs, cabanas, in addition to three hygienic refurbished dumpster pools. With their permanent and interim projects alike, Macro Sea is intent on energizing neglected parts of the urban landscape, favoring the use of everyday objects as building blocks for unexpected experiences. In 2010, New York City invited Macro Sea to install the Dumpster Pool on Park Avenue as part of its annual Summer Streets event; the improved design is mobile and code compliant, ready to deploy wherever needed.

Accessibility, Community, Pleasure, Sustainability
50,000 for mobile Summer Streets version
45 days approximately
Problem - not enough places to swim
Solution - pop-up, code compliant dumpster pools that turn any vacant lot into a country club