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Pools, Baths and Lidos: Open-air Pools and Lidos

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Baldwyn's, Lingfield Road, Baldwins Hill, East Grinstead, West Sussex: the swimming pool and south front showing the living area with timber hyperbolic paraboloid roof

RIBA2574-11
Bronek Katz R. Vaughan & Partners
NOTES: This substantial steel-framed house on a twenty-acre sloping site was designed by Bronek Katz R. Vaughan & partners for Mr Fred Kobler, managing director of Grand Hotels (Mayfair, London). An assistant architect of the practice, John Heath, was responsible for the interior design.

Ugolino Golf Club, Florence: the swimming pool

RIBA8108
Bosio, Gherardo (1903-1941)

Foreshore development, Folkestone: the open-air swimming pool

RIBA17573
Pleydell-Bouverie, David (1911-1994)

Swimming pool at Brno

RIBA18307
Fuchs, Bohuslav (1895-1972)

Factory for Calibrated Papers Limited, Petersfield

RIBA25366
Carter Salaman MacIver & Upfold

St Ann's Court, St Ann's Hill, Chertsey, Surrey: view of the swimming pool from the terrace

RIBA25823
McGrath, Raymond (1903-1977)
NOTES: This house was built for the landscape architect Christopher Tunnard who himself designed the gardens.

Invisible House, Ponzano Veneto: the swimming pool seen from the north-east

RIBA40368
Ando, Tadao (1941-)
NOTES: This earth-sheltered villa was designed as the family home for Alessandro Benetton, vice chairman of the Benetton Group, and his wife, Italian ski champion Deborah Compagnoni, and their children.

Jubilee Pool, Penzance

RIBA46996
Latham, Frank

SS Oriana: first class swimming pool on the Bathing Deck

RIBA52977
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.

Country Club swimming pool, Chandigarh

RIBA57112
Malhotra, Jeet (1929-)

Swiss Cottage Swimming Baths, Hampstead, London: detail of the sun terrace above the ornamental pool with sculptural reliefs by William Mitchell

RIBA76405
Mitchell, William George(1925-)
NOTES: The Swiss Cottage Swimming Baths and Central Library were the only completed buildings of a scheme for a civic centre in Hampstead. These baths and Coventry Central Baths, designed by Coventry City Architects Department in 1966, were the only complexes of the period to be built with three pools.

Model for a swimming pool complex, Madrid

RIBA105663
Gutierrez Rivas, Nertos (1989-)
NOTES: Nertos Gutierrez Rivas is part of the Atelier La Juntana, a group of architects and artists developing architectural models in an international framework. They collaborate with many architectural pratices and have exhibited their work widely.

Kastrup Sobad (Sea Bath), seen from the wooden approach pier

RIBA105758
White Arkitekter
NOTES: A swimming pool created in the sea at the end of a one hundred-metre-long pier partly encircled by a wooden palisade housing changing rooms, benches and ramps. The wood is azobe, which is resistant to saltwater.

Kastrup Sobad (Sea Bath)

RIBA105761
White Arkitekter
NOTES: A swimming pool created in the sea at the end of a one hundred-metre-long pier partly encircled by a wooden palisade housing changing rooms, benches and ramps. The wood is azobe, which is resistant to saltwater.

Villa Cavrois, Croix: the garden elevation with swimming pool

RIBA112110
Mallet-Stevens, Robert (1886-1945)
NOTES: The Villa Cavrois was designed by Robert Mallet-Stevens in 1929-1932 for the wealthy industrialist Paul Cavrois. Remodelled in 1947 by Pierre Barbe, it was converted into three flats. In 1985 it had fallen into disrepair and by 2001 it was a virtual ruin, when it was bought by the state for a nominal sum of 1 euro, along with part of the grounds. Since then, there has been an extensive programme to restore the house back to its original 1932 form, under the supervison of Michel Goutal, Chief Architect of the Centre des Monuments Nationaux. This was completed in 2015, when the villa was opened to the public.

Saltdean Lido, East Sussex

RIBA41869
Jones, Richard William Herbert (1900-1965)
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