Sidney pools are an integral part of Sydney life – whether they’re used as places to teach kids how to swim or simply as relaxing spots for adults to unwind on an afternoon stroll. These iconic waterscapes embody Sydney values of equality and diversity while serving their local communities by providing vital public services.
So too does Melbourne feature numerous picturesque and popular swimming holes that remain as beloved today as when they opened. Some notable examples are those which have transcended their architectural status into cultural spaces that are highly valued cultural spaces in themselves – from prosaic outdoor pools surrounded by grass and concrete (still found throughout many suburbs across Australia), to iconic designs like North Sydney Olympic Pool (1936) – there are many Australian examples which showcase this rich history of pool design.
Many contemporary architects are exploring the aesthetic and architectural potential of urban waters as an aesthetic element, creating stunning urban pools like Ian McKay’s Aquatic Centre at Sydney Harbour Parklands – completed in 2016 – featuring white exterior and glass walls with soft blue interior tones, set against lush greenery.
Northern Beaches Rockpool at Cabbage Tree Bay in Dee Why is an example of outstanding sculptural form. Designed to resemble natural environments and provide swimming spots at low tide, its curved walls and central outcrop islands mimic its surrounding environment and provide swimming spots during low tide. Furthermore, this 50-metre pool also features the Sea Nymphs sculpture for added beauty as swimmers discover new depths within it – making this place truly spectacular to explore!
Bondi Icebergs, closed since an algae bloom last year, will reopen later this month following a $20 million refurbishment project. It includes upgraded pool equipment and facilities as well as an indoor iceberg-themed training centre and cafe – making for a welcome addition to Sydney’s aquatic infrastructure, but has proven contentious leading up to its return.
The new site has also received high marks for its versatility, serving multiple uses such as swimming, leisure and fitness activities. Programmable sessions for therapeutic or strength training exercises can also be accommodated; its width was even designed to allow inner tubes through for an accessible experience for people living with disabilities.
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