A Dip into Outdoor Swimming Pools: The History, Design and People Behind Them

By Christopher Beanland (Author)


Format Hardcover



A Dip into Outdoor Swimming Pools: The History, Design and People Behind Them

by Christopher Beanland



Barnes and Noble Indiebound
Take a dip into the history, design, and people behind the world’s most fascinating outdoor swimming pools.

The 1930s architecture of pools is often sleek and elegant, evoking speed and efficiency—and this volume captures their unique beauty in a series of spectacular photographs and archival images. It delves into their history: the pools’ grand beginnings after the buttoned-up Victorian era, their falling popularity in the twentieth century, and the newfound appreciation for the outdoor pool, or lido, and outdoor swimming today. Journalist and architectural historian Christopher Beanland picks the very best examples from around the world, including the nearly 450-foot-deep seawater pool in Vancouver, Canada; Siza's concrete sea pools in Porto, Portugal; the restored art deco pool in Saltdean, UK, and the pool at the Zollverein Coal Mines in Essen, Germany. There’s also information on lost lidos, background on the architecture of the pools, and interviews with pool users around the globe about why they swim. 
The beautiful pools include:
  • McCarren Park Pool, Brooklyn, NY
  • Neptune Pool, Hearst Castle, CA
  • Sea Ranch, CA
  • Icebergs Pool, Bondi Beach, Australia
  • Alterlaa rooftop pools, Vienna, Austria
  • Lido di Milano, Milan, Italy
  • Kennedytown Pool, Hong Kong, China
  • San Alfonso Del Mar, Chile
  • Sea Point Pool, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Phoenicia Hotel Pool, Beirut, Lebanon
  • Zelená žaba, Slovakia
  • Molitor, Paris, France
  • Blue Lagoon, Iceland

Christopher Beanland is a journalist and author who specializes in architecture and travel writing. He is the author of Concrete Concept: Brutalist Buildings Around the World and writes regularly for The Guardian, The Independent, and The Telegraph.

Pub Date: 6/2/2020

ISBN: 9781849946230

Price: $29.95 / $39.95 CAN

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 208 pages, all in color

Trim: 7.5 x 9.75 Inches

Territories: US/Can/Mexico/South & Central America


Publisher: Batsford

Carton Quantity: 12