Best of #swimmingpool

For this summer weekend we chose ten pools in which we would like to dive: from HotTea’s colorful one to Zaha Hadid’s Olympic pool... also snooping, with Gigi Cifali, in the abandoned ones.

LOG Architectes, Théâtre d’eau, Fumel, Francia
For a little taste of summer before the sea, we propose ten stories about swimming pools, plus one unearthed in our archive that you can discover here.

– With this new swimming center in Brescia, Italy, Camillo Botticini defies the logic according to which sports facilities are withdrawn objects disconnected from the context, creating massive urban architecture, a block of iridescent brown Klinker cut by deep fissures.

– Treating the site as a component of the natural landscape LOG Architectes gives back its integrity to the Fumel public swimming pool, in France, and creates a natural rhythm as one descends from the wood fence towards the pools below.

– Created in London by Ooze Architects and Marjetica Potrč, Of Soil and Water: The King’s Cross Pond Club is a micro-ecological environment with a natural swimming pond at its center.

– Dominique Coulon et Associés has refurbished and extended the existing swimming pool in Bagneux, that now displays its strong urban presence and has transformed the facility’s image.

– The London Aquatics Centre, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, is inspired by the fluid geometry of water in motion, creating spaces and a surrounding environment in sympathy with the river landscape of the Olympic Park.

– In his project Absence of Water, Gigi Cifali photographs the sense of emptiness that surrounds and fills abandoned public lidos and baths built in the late Victorian period as symbols of civic and architectural pride.

– With Asylum, his latest urban intervention in New York, HotTea aims to evoke subconscious feelings one may have forgotten and to address the issue of diversity.

– Barcelona-based architects Anna & Eugeni Bach have completed the expansion of Casa Anoro, a single family house, where two almost identical volumes coexist, sharing essential roles as “partners in a dance”.

– A living space with sweeping curves, Cadaval & Solà-Morales’ project for the Tepoztlán Lounge sets itself to become a central communal space for leisure in nature, where the limits between open patios and three built volumes merge to produce a single architectural entity.

Top: LOG Architectes, Théâtre d’eau, Fumel, France. Photo Edouard Decam

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