Pool Noodle Rooftop


Rooftop Terrace and Seating

450 SM

New York, USA


Four separate seating areas cluster around a ‘X’ shaped carpet covering the entire rooftop surface of the former Dia Art Foundation building in Chelsea. The furniture, which is also X-shaped in plan, has been constructed from pool noodles – the long and cylindrical, foam water floatation toys. The pool noodles have been cut and bunched vertically into chaise lounge and ottoman units of varying heights that accommodate up to 150 people. When viewed from above, the arrangement of buoyant seating material spells out the word, ‘bububluooopppp’ – the sound of something either rising or sinking.


In October 2009, the furniture pieces will be donated for reuse to local community organizations.

INABA would like to thank the following for their contribution to the project’s realization: Amanda Kim, Vincent Stracquadanio, Nicole Baker, Sam Logan, Justin Brooks, Ashley Clark, Christine Vittorino, Anna Mikhailovskaia, Erin Pierson, Nicole Savoy, Eri Takane, Amanda Mauer, Jessica Kase, R. Pianchupattana, David Smith, Daniel Zev Tepper, Alexandra Pisarro-Grant, Kristen Brodgesell, Caroline Nuckolls, Dana Fior, Jocelyn Miller, Sarah Cressler, Kirby Mages, Szuhan Chen, Mercedes Brown, Lauren Taylor, Hallie Parker, Steven Zambrano Cascante, Richard Espinosa, Ryan Andrews, Haeahn Kwon, Lisa Larson-Walker.

Selected Media Coverage of Pool Noodle Rooftop:

The Moment, The New York Times T Magazine Profile

The Architect’s Newspaper Review of Pool Noodle Rooftop

Fabrizio Gallanti’s post on Abitare

Holland Cotter’s New York Times Review of ‘No Soul for Sale’

NY1 Coverage of ‘No Soul for Sale’

For other pool noodle options see, 50 Ways to Use Your Noodle, http://www.amazon.com/50-Ways-Use-Your-Noodle/dp/0964654113.