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Indoor Beach is Super Imaginative

A BRO reader has posed the question if Buffalo might ever consider the concept of an indoor beach. Don’t laugh. An indoor beach in DC is getting a lot of attention, and praise from people who have come to love the innovative recreational feature. Although the beach, located inside Washington’s National Building Museum, is temporary, the idea of the indoor beach is fascinating, especially when conducted on such a massive scale.

In the past, I have often thought that Buffalo would benefit from a large-scale adult indoor pool, where people could swim, or hang out by the pool in the middle of winter (year round for that matter). The pool setting would also feature a jogging-walking track around the perimeter, beach chairs, pressed juices, a bar… the ideas go on and on. The only thing that I didn’t think of was a beach, but the gang at Snarkitecture sure did. According to, the design team pulled it off by using 1 million recyclable translucent plastic balls instead of sand.

The BRO reader who inquired about Buffalo pulling off such a feat, suggested that the Central Terminal would be the perfect place to see such a kitschy stunt played out.

The exhibition includes lounge chairs and 700,000 white plastic orbs in the museum's Italian Renaissance style building.
The exhibition includes lounge chairs and 700,000 white plastic orbs in the museum’s Italian Renaissance style building.

Photos: Noah Kalina/National Building Museum


Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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