Journal article

Public swimming pools in Australia

Hannah Lewi

DOCOMOMO Journal | DOCOMOMO International | Published : 2019

Abstract

In Australia the image of sporting prowess and easy access to swimming venues - both natural and artificial - has ensured that public swimming pools became a site of modern architectural interest and design experimentation from the 1930s onwards. Ranging from prosaic, local amenities to award-winning significant complexes, public pools are fascinating and potent places of individual and community memories and experiences. Many still exist but many others have been lost or detrimentally altered in the last two decades. As a modern type they deserve further documentation and careful conservation and adaptation to suit contemporary use.