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Poolside: A History of Pools in Australian Architecture

Ahead of the Australian presentation at this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale, The Pool, we take a look at some of Australia’s greatest pools.

The Pool Venice Architecture Biennale | Indesign Live


BY Sam Preston

April 11th, 2016


Australia’s exhibition at the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale is The Pool. Led by Creative Directors Amelia Holliday and Isabelle Toland of Aileen Sage Architects, and Michelle Tabet, the exhibition asks if indeed the pool is the consummate symbol of Australian identity. The Pool explores natural, man-made, island and coastal waterholes throughout Australia, from the humble back yard pool in suburbia to the recent restoration of Bondi Icebergs, and more interesting architectural feats in the outback, and in urban city spaces.

“The Pool as an architectural device delimitates a social edge and a personal edge,” the exhibition’s Creative Directors said. “It is this metaphorical and literal edge condition that we want to explore and share with the audience at Venice. The pool represents a condition of surplus and of scarcity in the same form, which makes it very interesting.”

Here we’ve selected some of Australia’s greatest pools – memorable for their design, their cultural history, or both.

Stamp House by Charles Wright Architects

The Pool Venice Architecture Biennale | Indesign Live

Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre by Harry Seidler

The Pool Venice Architecture Biennale | Indesign Live

Prince Alfred Park Pool restored by Neeson Murcutt Architects 

The Pool Venice Architecture Biennale | Indesign Live

Bondi Icebergs restored by Marchese Partners

The Pool Venice Architecture Biennale | Indesign Live

Wylie’s Baths by Allen Jack+Cottier Architects

The Pool Venice Architecture Biennale | Indesign Live

Villa Marittima by Robin Williams

The Pool Venice Architecture Biennale | Indesign Live

Header image, Villa Marittima by Robin Williams.

Australian Institute of Architects
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