Designer pools on display in France
16/02/2018 – Twenty of the most beautiful private designer pools of the last century. It is the “Domestic Pools” exhibition in Hyères, in the area around the modernist residence Villa Noailles, now a cultural venue.
Already the background of choice for art and cinema, the pools of the selection chosen by Benjamin Lafore, Sébastien Martinez-Barat and Audrey Teichmann, also tell the story of the socio-cultural evolution of the swimming pool as an architectural element, from being an exclusive privilege to being an industrial production asset.
The exhibition, which will remain open until 18 March, collects “the idea of the swimming pool” in the projects of great architects such as Alvar Aalto, Ricardo Bofill, Adolf Loos, Manuel Aires Mateus, MVRDV and OMA. An excursus from their first appearance in modern homes, of which the same Villa Noailles on the French Riviera is an example, to the most extreme and experimental types.
The record for the largest number of pools on the territory goes to the United States, followed in Europe by France. In line with the theme of the exhibition, Villa Noailles commissioned the young French photographer Romain Laprade to describe a little gem through images: the swimming pool of the architect Alain Capeillères for his summer residence at Six-Fours-les-Plages.
Lined by over 100,000 white ceramic tiles, it is an open-air work of art with a 25-metre-long central pool, still an icon of the historical and architectural period in which it was built (1972-74).
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