Leca Swimming Pools

I managed to get in a visit to Alvaro Siza’s Leca Swimming Pools in Leixoes this weekend and aren’t they grand? I don’t have much knowledge or experience of Siza but I now want to know and see more.

The swimming pools were built in 1966 (at the same time as the Boa Nova Tea House which is just a few more metres up the coast) and it would make for a great case study or precedent for any architecture student. The building delicately sits in the landscape and comprises of a serious of sunken planes to make changing rooms and a cafe. You enter by decending a ramp, at this point the landscape is hidden from you and all you can hear is the Atlantic. You then enter the changing cubicule and leave through a door on the opposite site of the entry door and everything is revealed. Breath-taking.

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