Swimming Back In Time: The Piscine De Pontoise in Paris

Swimming Back In Time: The Piscine De Pontoise in Paris

At a time where there’s a lot of debate on how we should be transforming our cities to make them more sustainable and pleasurable, one of the answers is in rehabilitating old structures instead of destroying them.

Dan Gould
  • 12 january 2010

Piscine de Pontoise, located in the Latin Quarter, is the oldest swimming pool in Paris. It was built in the 1930’s and is the perfect reflection of the “Sports” architecture at the time. Not only is the pool famous for its structure, but but also for the events it has hosted: a Cousteau diving session, Johnny Weismuller training sessions, a fashion show, and it was also the main set for a 90s French movie called “Bleu”.

At a time where there’s a lot of debate on how we should be transforming our cities to make them more sustainable and pleasurable to live in, one of the answers is in rehabilitating old structures instead of bringing them down. Piscine de Pontoise is a valuable example of why it’s a good idea to maintain old city buildings. The pool has kept up its charm and special features (2 floor balcony changing rooms, wrought iron railings and numerous pillars), but at the same time has evolved into a modern sports complex.

In cities around the world great public pools are being abandoned. Private gyms have flourished, with numerous offers and state of the art equipment trying to please all sorts of new clientele. Amid this, “Piscine Pontoise” is such a great example of how you can turn around an un-appealing offer into a unique and desirable one based on history.

Piscine de Pontoise

Contributed by Marc Sutton


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