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Pools, Baths and Lidos

Inspired by the exhibition Into the Blue: the origin and revival of pools, swimming baths and lidos, RIBApix showcases a wider range of material held by the RIBA Collections from Roman baths and Victorian bath houses to lidos, pithead baths and contemporary swimming spaces.

For further images see bathslidosopen-air poolsswimming pools and pithead baths.

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Tynemouth Aquarium, Winter Garden and Baths, Northumberland: south-east perspective view with the beach and sea in the foreground

Masey, Philip Edward (1823-1897)
NOTES: For the same view as published in The Builder please see RIBA10145.

Saltdean Lido, East Sussex

Jones, Richard William Herbert (1900-1965)

SS Oriana: first class swimming pool on the Bathing Deck

Design Research Unit
NOTES: Built at Vickers-Armstrong, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, SS Oriana, launched in November 1959, was the last of the Orient Steam Navigation Company's ocean liners. Absorbed into P&O in 1960, she was retired from service in 1986. The naval architect was Charles F. Morris while the Design Research Unit co-cordinated the design of the public rooms.

Royal Commonwealth Pool, Edinburgh, seen during the Commonwealth Games of July 1970

Robert Matthew Johnson-Marshall & Partners
NOTES: This was built for the 1970 Commonwealth Games.

Shirehampton Public Baths, Bristol: the main pool

Dening, Charles Frederick William (1876-1952)

Leeds International Pool, Westgate, Leeds

Poulson, John G. L. (1910-1993)
NOTES: The pool was demolished in 2009.

Yeni Kaplica hammam, Bursa

NOTES: This image was probably taken between 1890-1910. The photographers Jean (Johannes) Sebah (son of Pascal Sebah who set up his studio from the 1860s) formed a partnership with Polycarpe Joaillier from 1890. Joaillier returned to Paris in the early 1900s, but Jean Sebah continued the work of the studio with others until 1943.