10 fantastic swimming pools built by renowned architects

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10 fantastic swimming pools built by famous architects

For the city, swimming pools serve as an important public space or become a tourist attraction, they give a serious competitive advantage to hotels and residential complexes, or they turn out to be the subject of endless pride of owners of private mansions. We cannot imagine ourselves without water, and architects are constantly coming up with new forms for swimming pools and looking for ways to surprise us. ARTANDHOUSES has collected impressive examples from recent years.

Aquatics Center London by Zaha Hadid Architects

The Aquatics Center was under construction for the London 2012 Olympics. Without the angular additional stands, which were only needed for the duration of the games, he finally took on the intended diamond shape and demonstrates Hadid's signature bionics. The opened solid glazing of the side “facades” (if this word is appropriate here at all) creates a light, breathing interior space. The almost unsupported roof structure is finished from the inside with warm wood, it not only literally visualizes the wave motif and softens exposed concrete surfaces, but also helps to zone a single extended volume.

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Le Havre Docks Water Center by Atelier Jean Nouvel

The building in Le Havre, a port city in northern France, combines a heated Olympic 50-meter open-air pool, a partly open-air and partly roofed recreation area by the water, a splash pool, a spa center, as well as two hanging pools and a cafeteria with terrace on the second level. The zones are connected by passages, and visitors can easily move between them. Instead of the usual uniform volume, Nouvel created a system of spaces with a complex, albeit rigid geometry, where everyone will find a comfortable place for themselves. The white color of the surfaces emphasizes the severity of the forms, it is diluted only with bright accents of the children's play area.

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Hemeroscopium House in Madrid by Ensamble Studio

According to the architects, they borrowed the name of the project from the ancient Greeks, who used the word “hemeroscopium” for the place of sunset – something quite real, visible and at the same time absolutely unattainable, unsteady. The house was assembled in just 7 days and consisted of only 7 ready-made elements, but it took a whole year to develop and fine-tune the design solutions. There are two pools in the house: one is usually located at ground level, and the second is a narrow and long element of the cantilever structure, balanced with a 20-ton granite stone.

© Roland Halbe

© Roland Halbe

© Roland Halbe

© Roland Halbe

© Roland Halbe

© Roland Halbe

Geothermal pool in Hofsos by BASALT Architects

Landscaping and fantastic ocean views are the main features of this waterfront pool in a small fishing village in northern Iceland. The building structures are made using monolithic technology. The architects also used glazing typical of industrial buildings. Frosted panels let in natural light, but are impenetrable to the eyes. But external additional lighting is not provided here: only the starry sky and the northern lights.

© Guðmundur Benediktsson, Rafn Sigurbjörnsson

© Guðmundur Benediktsson, Rafn Sigurbjörnsson

© Guðmundur Benediktsson, Rafn Sigurbjörnsson

© Guðmundur Benediktsson, Rafn Sigurbjörnsson

Tournesol pool in Lengolsheim by Urbane Kultur

< span class = "s1">Pools, the name of which translates as “sunflower”, were built throughout France in the 1970s, the author of the standard design is Bernard Schoeller. One of them, located near Strasbourg, was renovated in 2014. Local architects cleared the dome with sliding doors from the later extensions, literally imposing an association with a fantastic flying saucer. Inside, two more with stainless steel bathtubs were added to the original 25-meter pool, and in order to free up an integral unsupported space, locker rooms, showers, offices and all technical rooms were taken out into a separate volume, as if “hugging” the back of the dome.

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Apartment with pool in Sao Paulo by Fernanda Marquez

A married couple from Brazil really wanted to equip a pool in their own two-storey apartment, fortunately, the area is 600 sq. m – allowed. The architect decided to place it in such a way that, while sitting in the double-height living room, you can watch through the durable thick glass swimming in the pool like a fish. Even one wall of the master bedroom, located on the second floor and opening onto the living room, was removed so that the “aquarium” could be seen from there. Actually, the project was named “Panorama”. You can get into the narrow 10-meter pool by stairs from the garden.

Kennedy City Pool in Hong Kong by Farrells

The projected Kennedy station has been shifted slightly to preserve the century-old trees. But then the city pool had to be sacrificed. For the construction of a new one, they chose an abandoned parking lot with a beautiful view of Victoria Harbor. The building, shaped like an armadillo with a characteristic “tail”, houses a 50-meter pool and relaxation area in an open wide part, and under an elongated triangular roof lined with zinc panels, there are two more heated pools (50 and 25 meters) and a Jacuzzi. Special roof blinds provide a good level of natural light, and the extended side window provides views of the harbor.

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Public baths in Aarhus by BIG

The world's largest city bath opened on 30 June in Denmark's second largest city. This is not the first time that the architects of Bjarke Ingels have worked with such a rather specific type of structure. The floating structure they created combines a 50-meter pool, paddling pool, jump pool and two saunas and can simultaneously accommodate up to 650 people. In addition to the pier, a promenade with cafes and sports grounds is organized along the embankment. The concept is planned to be developed further, forming a full-fledged shopping and entertainment zone around.

Photo: Rasmus Hjortshøj & # 8212; COAST Studio

Photo: Rasmus Hjortshøj & # 8212; COAST Studio

Photo: Rasmus Hjortshøj & # 8212; COAST Studio

Embassy Gardens Legacy Buildings in London by HAL Architects

Two 10-storey buildings of the second stage of a residential complex under construction in the southern part of the English capital will be connected by a rooftop pool. It will allow you to literally swim from one house to another and come back. The suspended structure of transparent acrylic will cover a distance of 14 m (total length of the pool is 27 m) at a height of approximately 35 m from ground level. Rooftop bar and views of London landmarks included.

Waterfront Culture Center Copenhagen by Kengo Kuma & amp; Associates

The stellar Japanese bureau has just won an international competition for the construction of this center. If the project is implemented, the corner of the so-called Paper Island in the port area of ​​the Danish capital will be occupied by a cultural center with public baths. The pyramidal brick volumes are responsible for the contextuality of the building and the recognition of the silhouette from all possible vantage points. They will receive a lively, perforated surface, so that in the dark, especially in late autumn and winter, the entire complex should glow softly and invitingly. And on clear and long summer days, the pools located inside, including the heated one, will amaze you with a spectacular play of light and shade. The complex will descend to the water by terraces, providing the closest connection between the urban space and the water area.

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