New York’s floating swimming pool in the river plan

An Olympic-size pool designed to float in the murky waters of New York City’s East River is one of the more unusual design projects to be put forward in recent months.

The Plus Pool has two uses according to its backers – it cleans the river water and gives New Yorkers a place to swim.

The pool is designed with a unique filtration system which scrubs the water as it floats through it, while its distinctive plus-sign shape isolates different wings for different activities.

Designed by Dong-Ping Wong, Archie Lee Coates IV and Jeffrey Franklin, the pool could make it possible for New Yorkers to dive into clean river water for the first time in 100 years. So far the $15 million project has been funded by Kickstarter, but the team is still raising money to get the pool up and floating by the summer of 2016.