Aquatic centers are defined by activity. Making space for focused exercise and leisure alike, they are designed to support different scales of movement. At their core, they center on swimming pools. These structures explore ideas of light and space spanning millennia, from Pakistan's "Great Bath" at the site of Mohenjo-Daro and Ancient Greek palaestras to contemporary swimming complexes. Beyond Álvaro Siza's renowned Leça Swimming Pools, there are a number of monumental aquatic centers and swimming pools around the world. The following projects showcase some of these designs at a range of scales. The designs include diverse programming, as well as unique connections to the surrounding landscape. As both open-air and indoor facilities, they feature a range of set lanes and loose pathways to enjoy the aquatic life.
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