Swimming Pool Buildings – Aquatic Architecture, Designs

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Swimming Pool Buildings : Aquatic Architecture

New Aquatic Sports Developments + Pools from around the world

Swimming Pool Architecture

The most famous pool in recent years was the Water Cube for the 2010 Olympics. Naturally the Aquatics Centre for the 2014 Olympics will also be notable, though compromised in design.

We’ve selected what we feel are the key examples of Swimming Pool Architecture. We aim to include Swimming Pool buildings / projects that are either of top quality or interesting.

We cover completed Swimming Pool buildings, new building designs and architectural exhibitions. The focus is on contemporary Pool buildings but information on traditional aquatic buildings is also welcome.

Swimming Pool Building – Latest Designs

Aquatic Architecture News arranged chronologically:

Swimming pool K, Grimbergen, Flanders, Belgium
Design: dmvA
Swimming Pool Belgium
photo : Frederik Vercruysse

Swimming Pool in Belgium – 19 May 2013
The architects describe this design thus: “although the principal dreamt for years of a swimming pool in his small garden, he chose to renovate his 17th century gentleman’s house first. While the contractors were about to start the works, the uninhabited school building, adjoining his garden, was offered for sale. The principal did not hesitate, works were stopped and the school building was bought. After many analyses and intense discussions it was decided to realise the swimming pool project first”.

Piscine Tourcoing, north east France
Design: Mikou Design Studio
Tourcoing Swimming Pool Building
picture from architect

Tourcoing Swimming Pool Building – 6 Mar 2013

Piscine du Fort, Paris, northern France
Design: Mikou Design Studio
Issy-les-Moulineaux Swimming Pool
picture from architect

Issy-les-Moulineaux Swimming Pool – 6 Mar 2013

Emser Therme – Thermal Baths in Bad Ems, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
Thermal Baths Building
photo © David Matthiessen
Thermal Baths Buildings – added 7 Feb 2013
4a Architekten extend their bathing repertoire: The Bad Ems Thermal Baths proves itself with its distinct character and high standards of comfort.

Aqua Leisure Center in Val de Scarpe, Arras, north east France
Design: SAREA Alain Sarfati Architecture
Arras Aquatic Center Building
photo © ADAGP photographe Noelle Hoeppe

Aqua Leisure Center Arras – 17 Sep 2012
The Aqua Leisure Center in Val de Scarpe, Arras “puts a new twist on age-old pleasures, like a modern Tivoli”. After Quimper, Béthune, Laon and Bordeaux, S.AREA Alain Sarfati Architecture presents Aquarena.

Koç Primary School Swimming Pool, Istanbul, Turkey
Erginoğlu & Çalışlar Architecture
Koç Primary School Swimming Pool
picture from architects

Koç School Swimming Pool – 23 Jul 2012
Considerably distant from the city center, the Koç School sprawled across its property without a master plan over time and thus was faced with the consequences of this expansion. Envisaged as the focal point of the campus, the pool building is designed as a pacesetter for the quality of future buildings and thus strives to contribute towards the architectural development of the campus.

Ametlla de Mar, Catalunya, north east Spain
Design: Pich-Aguilera Architects
Catalonian Swimming Pool Building
photo : Simon Garcia • arqfoto

Catalonian Swimming Pool Building – 23 Jul 2012
The building consists of three rectangular buildings joined up by a lobby. The natural environment is built around the swimming pool. A lobby with access distributes the functioning spaces, towards the dressing rooms, with direct access to the pool and the other sporting spaces.

C.N.I. Syrdall Schwemm Recreational Baths, Niederanven, Luxembourg
Design: 4a Architekten
Syrdall Schwemm Recreational Baths
picture : 4a Architekten

C.N.I. Syrdall Schwemm Recreational Baths – 21 apr 2011
The new Syrdall Schwemm school and recreational baths in Niederanven has numerous attractions to offer, not only with its extensive range of bathing options – the sight of the distinctively designed building alone is food for discussion.

London Olympics Aquatics Centre, UK
Design:Zaha Hadid Architects
London Olympic Pool
photo : Hufton + Crow

London Aquatics Centre
The architectural concept of the London Aquatic Centre is inspired by the fluid geometries of water in motion, creating spaces and a surrounding environment that reflect the riverside landscapes of the Olympic Park. An undulating roof sweeps up from the ground as a wave – enclosing the pools of the Centre with a unifying gesture of fluidity, while also describing the volume of the swimming and diving pools.

The Hurlingham Club, Outdoor Pool, London, England
David Morley Architects
Hurlingham Club Outdoor Pool
photo : Jarosław Wieczorkiewicz

The Hurlingham Club, Outdoor Pool
RIBA Awards 2012 Winner
The Outdoor Pool was commissioned to replace a pool complex started 80 years ago, now dilapidated but still much loved by its members.
The new changing room building is larger than the original and adopts an elongated tear shape; it has long horizontal proportions, blue painted clap-board walls with white doors and pool accessories such as the large clock and life-saving rings.

Major Swimming Pool Building Design

Beijing Olympics – The Water Cube, China
PTW with Arup
Water Cube
photo © Arup_Ben McMillan

Water Cube Beijing
National Aquatics Centre – Water Cube
Beijing Olympics Venue
ETFE bubble-pattern façade – Architecture Competition win 2003

Water Cube Beijing
photo © Arup_Ben McMillan

The National Aquatics Centre, also known as the ‘Water Cube’, will be one of the most dramatic and exciting sporting venues for the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008. Enclosed within the blue bubble walls are five swimming pools, including a wave machine and rides and a restaurant, along with seating and facilities for 17 000 spectators.

Pool Buildings

Featured Pool Architecture, alphabetical:

Annemasse Aquatic Centre, France
Serero Architects
Annemasse Aquatic Center
image from architect

Annemasse Aquatic Centre Building
Canterbury School Aquatic Center, USA
Butler Rogers Baskett Architects
Canterbury School Aquatic Center
image from architect

Canterbury School Aquatic Center, Milford
Kalvebod swimming pool, Denmark
Kalvebod Swimming Pool Building
photo © Adrian Welch

Copenhagen Swimming Pool Building
Kildeskovshallen, Gentofte, Denmark
Gentofte Swimming Pool Building
image from architect

Gentofte Swimming Pool Building
Lago Segrino building, Italy
Studio di architettura Marco Castelletti
Lago Segrino building
photo : Filippo Simonetti – Brunate

Lago Segrino bathing establishment
Marinha Grande Swimming Pools, Portugal
Marinha Grande Swimming Pools
picture from architects
Marinha Grande Swimming Pools
Oostduinkerke Swimming Pool, Belgium
Dierendonckblancke architecten
Oostduinkerke Swimming Pool
image from architect

Oostduinkerke Swimming Pool
Swimming Pool het Marnix, Amsterdam
Mecanoo architecten
Amsterdam Sports building
photo © Adrian Welch

Amsterdam Sports building, Holland

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Aquatic Architecture

Other Aquatic Facilities, alphabetical:

Barcelona Olympic Swimming Pool – Piscina Municipal de Montjuïc, Spain
Barcelona Olympic Swimming Pool
photo © Isabelle Lomholt

Kastrup Sea Bath, Copenhagen, Denmark
White Arkitekter
Kastrup Sea Bath
photo : Åke E:son Lindman

Olympic Swimming Arena, Berlin, Germany
Dominique Perrault Architectes

Sports Building Developments

Nou Camp Stadium

Emirates Stadium

O2 arena

Man Utd Stadium

Commonwealth Swimming Pool architect

Buildings / photos for the Swimming Arena Architecture page welcome

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