Water and Public Spaces: 19 Pools Around the World

Water and Public Spaces: 19 Pools Around the World

Often times in architecture, the way that a project's ability of its underscored elements to subtly carry a dialogue with the existing site is one of the most powerful moments in design. Swimming pools are a great example of these types of projects, since their designs often are a direct response to a variety of existing site conditions, including occupying both inside and outside spaces, assuming different forms, and incorporating a variety of finishes that might completely transform the aesthetic of the space.

The swimming pool typology as a whole represents a wide range of site adaptation and material expression in architecture that, when well executed, has the power to produce beautiful effects. Below, we have compiled a list of swimming pools located around the world that demonstrate these achievements at all scales.

Camping Stella Maris Swimming Pool and Reception / NFO

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Camping Stella Maris Swimming Pool and Reception / NFO. Image: © Marko Mihaljević

Hubertus Pool / noa* network of architecture

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Hubertus Pool / noa*. Image: © Alex Filz

"Tournesol" Swimming Pool Refurbishment / Urbane Kultur

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"Tournesol" Swimming Pool Refurbishment / Urbane Kultur. Image: © Jean Baptiste Dorner

Therapeutic Pool / meier + associés architectes

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Therapeutic Pool / meier + associes architectes. Image: © Yves André

Pool and Spa in Mallorca / A2arquitectos

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Pool and Spa in Mallorca / A2arquitectos. Image: © Courtesy of A2arquitectos

Feng Shui Swimming Pool / Mikou Studio

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Feng Shui Swimming Pool / Mikou Studio. Image: © Héléne Binet

Carpa Olivera / Colectivo Urbano

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Carpa Olivera / Colectivo Urbano. Image: © Onnis Luque

Swimming Pool Extension in Bagneux / Dominique Coulon & associés

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Swimming Pool Extension in Bagneux / Dominique Coulon & associés. Image: © David Romero-Uzeda

Indoor Swimming Pool in Litomyšl / Architekti DRNH

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Indoor Swimming Pool in Litomyšl / Architekti DRNH. Image: © Tomáš Malý

Swimming Pool in “Bola de Oro” Sports Centre / José Luis Rodríguez Gil, Jorge Molinero Sánchez

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Swimming Pool in “Bola de Oro” Sports Centre / José Luis Rodríguez Gil. Image: © Fernando Alda

Riberão Swimming Pools / Pitagoras Group

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Riberão Swimming Pools / Pitagoras Group. Image: © Luis Ferreira Alves

Municipal Sports Center and Swimming Pools / Alfonso Reina

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Municipal Sports Center and Swimming Pools / Alfonso Reina. Image: © José Hevia

Thermal Springs Pools Poça da Dona Beija / m-arquitectos

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Thermal Springs Pools Poça da Dona Beija / M - ARQUITECTOS. Image: © Paulo Goulart

Therapeutic Pools for La Esperanza School / FUSTER + Architects

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Therapeutic Pools for La Esperanza School / FUSTER + Architects. Image: © Jaime Navarro

The Therme Vals / Peter Zumthor

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The Therme Vals / Peter Zumthor. Image: © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

AISJ Aquatic Center / Flansburgh Architects

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AISJ Aquatic Center / Flansburgh Architects. Image: © Stephen O'Raw

Leça Swimming Pools / Álvaro Siza Vieira

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Leça Swimming Pools / Álvaro Siza. © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

National Stadium Aquatics Center / Iglesis Prat Arquitectos

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National Stadium Aquatics Center / Iglesis Prat Arquitectos.

Badeschiff / Wilk-Salinas Architekten

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Badeschiff / Wilk-Salinas Architekten. Image: © Kulturarena Veranstaltungs

Editor's Note: This article was originally published on March 9, 2020.

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Cite: Daudén, Julia . "Water and Public Spaces: 19 Pools Around the World" [Água e espaços coletivos: 19 piscinas ao redor do mundo] 31 Jul 2022. ArchDaily. (Trans. Peixoto Almeida, Amanda) Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/934632/water-and-public-spaces-19-pools-around-the-world> ISSN 0719-8884
Leça Swimming Pools / Álvaro Siza. © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

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