The 1930s was a golden age for the swimming pool, as outdoor swimming became a national obsession.
The Jubillee pool is the Cornwall region of the United Kingdom is no exception. With a distinct Cubist angle, this local treasure was recently re-opened after a nearly £3 million makeover.
Almost a hundred years old, Piscine Molitor in the 16th Arrondissement of Paris holds the respectable moniker of being the venue that provided the world’s first glimpse of the Bikini followed by the topless bathing revolution.
Molitor was, in it’s heyday, the most fashionable place you could be in Paris but in the decades that followed, this French icon was slated to be destroyed and replaced with apartments and although the apartments never came, it remained closed only to be frequented by members of almost any subculture to be found in Paris from goths to skaters and ravers.
In 2014, this Art Deco pleasure palace began a new life as part of a luxury hotel and spa. The 50-metre lido and 33-metre indoor pool have been completely renovated, with the indoor pool remaining the heart of this unique construction.
Just off Carnaby Street and near Liberty’s is this wonderful Grade II listed building that contains both a full service leisure centre (with a gym, steam room, saunas, exercise and dance rooms, and a pool) and a day spa (with all the treatments and services one expects from a full service spa). But it is the wonderfully restored marble lined art-deco swimming pool that really makes it worth a visit.
Once the stately home of publishing baron Randolph Hearst, the Roman pool inside the Hearst castle is truly a sight to behold but bother taking your speedos if you plan to visit, just visiting means you have to stay behind barriers and stick to a carpeted path though one guy did once do a legendary bomb into it which can be found on youtube. What a legend.
The tiled indoor pool is decorated with eight statues of Roman gods, goddesses and heroesstyled after an ancient Roman bath such as the Baths of Caracalla in Rome c. 211-17 CE. The mosaic tiled feature from ceiling to floor with glass tiles, called smalti, which are either coloured (mainly blue or orange) or are clear with fused gold inside largely inspired by mosaics found in the 5th Century Mausoleum of Galla Placidia in Ravenna, Italy.