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Week in Tech: +Pool Finds a Home | Architect Magazine

Plus, a LEGO version of the ‘Friends’ apartment, Home Depot architecture in Detroit, and more design-tech news.

+ POOL, designed by Family New York & PLAYLAB, INC. Rendering by Luxigon
+ POOL, designed by Family New York & PLAYLAB, INC. Rendering by Luxigon

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Following nearly two years of review, New York’s +Pool has gotten a home in Lower Manhattan’s Two Bridges neighborhood. The self-filtering, floating pool—developed by Dong-Ping Wong and Oana Stănescu of Family New York, and Archie Lee Coates IV and Jeffrey Franklin of PlayLab, Inc.—has a patented filtration system treating water from New York’s East River until it reaches an “acceptable microbiological standard for swimming,” per a press email from +Pool. The project has used water quality–modeling software from the Environmental Protection Agency as well as the Water Quality Analysis Simulation Program to determine whether +POOL’s water quality could be safe enough for swimming “without the use of chemical disinfectants.” In the coming months, +Pool will host a public demonstration of the project, gathering data that the designers will present to permit authorities. [+Pool]

In 2017, the Los Angeles–based firm EC3 completed True North in Detroit’s Core City neighborhood, winning awards for the multifamily Quonset Hut project, which uses off-the-shelf materials. Following the project’s success, its developer, the Detroit-based Prince Concepts, embraced the potential of readily available products, creating what Prince Concepts founder Philip Kafka called “Home Depot architecture” in an interview with Fast Company. For his latest project, dubbed “The Caterpillar,” Kafka returned to prefabricated Quonset huts, transforming the utilitarian structures into housing with rents 30% lower than its peers. [Fast Company]

courtesy LEGO
courtesy LEGO

Well-timed with the Friends reunion episode on the horizon, LEGO has released a 2,048-piece set that replicates theiconic New York apartments of the sitcom, which ran from 1994 to 2004. LEGO The Friends Apartments set features both Rachel and Monica’s and Joey and Chandler’s apartments, along with seven LEGO figurines of the show’s main or recurring characters: Rachel, Monica, Phoebe, Chandler, Ross, Joey, and Janice. Alongside details including memorable outfits and props from the show, the LEGO includes set lights and the ability to detach the apartments to give fans a better sense of the show’s filming studio. LEGO’s The Friends Apartments set will be be available beginning June 1 for $149. [LEGO]

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