© Cyrille Weiner

PISCINE DES AMIRAUX

REDEVELOPMENT OF A MASTERPIECE OF ART DECO

© Antoine Mercusot

The Amiraux swimming pool occupies a central space in a tiered building constructed by architect Henri Sauvage in 1927. It is an outstanding example of a social programme developed around sport and the concerns of the social hygiene movement at the start of the 20th century. It is also a masterpiece of Art Deco architecture.

The issues underlying this project were complex as it was necessary not only to reveal the beauty of Henri Sauvage’s design, but also to adapt the building to meet the requirements, technical capacities, and safety standards of the present day.

© Cyrille Weiner

Bringing this manifesto of 1930s’ architecture, built for the well-being of the public, back to the limelight was like participating (by example) in the debate on “the city of tomorrow”. The work has it’s roots in the past, but its value is absolutely contemporary.

© Cyrille Weiner
© Antoine Mercusot

The structures were consolidated using cathodic protection, the pool itself and the solarium were rebuilt, and the spaces used by the public and technical equipment were refurbished. We also installed new equipment to considerably improve energy usage.

The programme provided the opportunity to rediscover the original colour scheme by retiling the cabins, seating and poolside area, and to recreate the original colours of the paintwork and grouting.

Restoration and redevelopment of this swimming pool have allowed users to enjoy the comfort of a contemporary facility while discovering the beauty of Art Deco architecture. Our project received second place in the Pool Design Awards for 2018.

© Cyrille Weiner
Location
Paris 18e
Project type
Restoration and compliance
with standards
Program
Sport
Project owner
Ville de Paris DPA
/ SLA 18e
Team
Chatillon Architectes
(lead architect),
Gilles Leverrier
(associate architect),
Emmanuelle Gallo
(scientific consultant)
Budget
€ 10m excl. VAT
Timeline
2013 – 2017
Awards
Pool Design
Awards 2018,
2nd place
© Cyrille Weiner