Mathew Suen

Mega Super Fun Time Pool

A statement in writing regarding the ideas and intentions behind the Mega Super Fun Time Pool A pool is much more than a manufactured puddle. It is a place of recreation and exercise. Because many cannot afford private pools, pools (or at least the public ones) have become spaces of gathering and community It is important that a public pool be public in that it acts not exclusively, but inclusively to all members of the public forum. Unfortunately, we do not live in an ideal world, and pool-goers are not always harmonious in their interactions. While not always manifesting itself in outright conflict, different users of the pool may have different needs which may upset another's use. A cocky athlete training may find the casual lane swimmers a nuisance and vice versa. A mother and her child may want to seek peace from screaming children. We cannot eliminate one group as a public pool should remain public, so what can we do? Mega Super Fun Time Pool strives to provide a happy feeling for everybody. To accomplish this, it is essential to identify, isolate, and accommodate the needs and desires of different users. Above all, Mega Super Fun Time Pool is about creating a memorable experience through a tailored atmosphere made specific to its occupants. At its very core, it is a pool. A pool which does not try to force some idealized concept of utopian respect amongst its varying users. It is not a pool which tries to defy the ordinary or foster some sort of metaphysical understanding of the world. Nor is it a pool which relates abstract concepts and vague philosophies to its form. It is a pool about having a damn fucking good time. A Primer Mega Super Fun Time Pool (MSFTP) as the name implies aimed to create a swimming pool for everybody. It was quickly acknowledged that while it would be nice for everyone to get along and share the same pool, we do not live in such a harmonious world and that different users would need different spaces. Different swimmers were differentiated and provided separate spaces that best met their needs. The adjacencies of these spaces also take into consideration the accessibility and experiential requirements of each group. The massing was based off of these differentiated programs.