Schwimmverein Donaukanal

Liquid Public Space


This artwork was created by Amanda Sperger, who is a member of Schwimmverein Donaukanal.

~ 850.000 square meters of liquid public space

Why is there a lack of awareness among the Viennese, to integrate this expansive flowing pool into their everyday ‘cooling’ routine?

Instead, private liquid public spaces are being constructed. The number of these individually created, used and maintained water bodies in Vienna is unrecorded. Building one’s own pool is permissible up to a certain size without construction notice. Currently, there are over 150.000 pools throughout the country.

Schwimmverein Donaukanal revitalizes urban river swimming in Vienna and aims to spread the pleasures
of engaging with this overlooked water body.

Schwimmverein Donaukanal is a non-profit association with more than 150 members. We revive and promote urban swimming in Vienna.

Next to our diverse program spanning from weekly meetups during the swimming season and all year round activities to collective building of new infrastructure
and events, we design and sustainably create products
and spaces for swimmers.

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