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Parliament Hill Lido, Parliament Hill Fields, Hampstead, London: the swimming pool and diving boards

RIBA24560
London County Council. Architects Department
NOTES: One of thirteen lidos commissioned by the London County Council Parks Department between 1920 and 1939, H. A. Rowbotham was responsible for the design of this fine example. It was Grade II listed in January 1999 and refurbished in 2005.

Conjunto Aquatico Calaudio Coutinho, Ayrton Senna Sports Complex, Federal District, Brasilia

RIBA40913
NOTES: The city of Brasilia was planned and developed in 1956 with Lucio Costa as chief urban planner and Oscar Niemeyer as principal architect. It formally became the capital of Brazil in 1960 and is the seat of all three branches of the Brazilian government.

Swiss Cottage Swimming Baths, Hampstead, London: the diving platforms at the deep end of the major pool hall

RIBA45425
Sir Basil Spence Bonnington & Collins
NOTES: The Swiss Cottage Swimming Baths and Central Library opened in 1964 but the council chamber and administration buildings included in the original masterplan for Hampstead Civic Centre were abandoned in 1966 with the reorganization of local government in London. These baths and Coventry Central Baths, designed by Coventry City Architects Department and completed in 1966, were the only complexes of the period to be built with three pools.

Public swimming baths, Putney, London

RIBA45469
Powell & Moya
NOTES: These baths were given an RIBA Architecture Award in 1969.

University of London Students' Union building (ULU), Malet Street, Bloomsbury, London: the swimming pool roof seen from the deep end

RIBA50405
Adams Holden & Pearson
NOTES: Designed in 1939 but only completed in 1955, this building comprised a swimming pool, gymnasium, badminton court and assembly hall.

Wales Empire Pool, Cardiff: the pool hall looking towards the deep end

RIBA57107
Dryburgh, John (1918-1991)
NOTES: Constructed as the venue for the 1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games, this complex was demolished in 1998 during the construction of the Millennium Stadium. It was replaced by the Cardiff International Pool which opened in 2008.

Wales Empire Pool, Cardiff: the diving boards at the deep end of the pool hall

RIBA57108
Dryburgh, John (1918-1991)
NOTES: Constructed as the venue for the 1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games, this complex was demolished in 1998 during the construction of the Millennium Stadium. It was replaced by the Cardiff International Pool which opened in 2008.

Central Baths, Fairfax Road, Coventry: the spectators' gallery in the main hall pool seen from the diving pool

RIBA57139
Coventry City Architects Department
NOTES: Designed in 1956 and built in 1962-1966, these swimming baths with attached sunbathing terraces were amongst the most ambitious of those built during a short period in the 1960s when such complexes were encouraged. These baths and Swiss Cottage swimming baths, Hampstead, designed by Sir Basil Spence Bonnington & Collins and completed in 1964, were the only complexes of the period to be built with three pools.
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