When architecture and design join forces to create unique pools

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Through the large number of events and conferences it encompasses, Piscine Global promotes the development of all types of innovations and showcases tomorrow’s trends in pool development, outdoor surrounds and project design.

Today, aspects such as integrating a pool into its environment or keeping it in harmony with the architectural style of a house or the surrounding urban buildings have become major criteria for customers, both private individuals and public authorities alike. In the past few years, architecture has become central to projects involving constructing or renovating residential and public pools.  This increasingly recurrent requirement has naturally led to architects being called on to design unique, high-end pools that play a key role and become the focal point of the home. “Using the services of an architect is like calling on a designer. He will be able to give a pool added value and a greater aesthetic dimension, and thus a higher commercial valuepoints out Jacques Allard, President of the Archi-Europe Group, the European professional network for architects.

When it comes to public pools, the architects’ task will be to give existing pools a new lease of life or to design new ones that comply with the latest technical and environmental regulations, in particular in terms of water fi ltration and treatment. They must also take into account other requirements so as to create user-friendly, pleasant facilities.

Expertise that is highly sought-after by pool fitters and manufacturers alike

Proposing a high-end architectural project involving an indoor or outdoor pool leaves no room for improvisation. Designing this kind of project and managing it from A to Z requires outstanding expertise and know-how, including a good understanding of the technical aspects involved in building a pool. “To be capable of proposing comprehensive specications spanning all aspects, architects must acquire a high level of knowledge concerning both construction and tting out techniques. Many architects do not receive specic training on pools, either during their studies or at the beginning of their career, and pool tters and manufacturers rue this de ciency as they need this knowhow more and more often”, Jacques Allard explains. “We think the onus is on the major industrial groups specialising in various technical elds to invest in what we call continuing education and thereby support and assist architects by providing them with practical, useful information. We have often noticed that as soon as industrial groups set up tailor-made training courses, architects become capable of handling speci cations and incorporating the latest technologies, and these are often showcased at the Piscine Global exhibition”, adds Jacques Allard.

Once architects understand the various technical aspects, they can give free rein to their creativity to design technically and aesthetically outstanding projects. Thus, depending on the budget allocated to the project, and once the architect has determined the ideal location, he designs the project in accordance with the client’s wishes and evaluates the feasibility of the project with regard to its surroundings and the nature of the soil considered. During the design process, the architect has to consider all the different pool components - structures, materials, technologies and accessories - to harmonise the atmosphere inside and outside the house.

And when the architect pictures the general setting of the pool, he incorporates all the aspects required by the project: a large or small pool, scuba diving pool, lap pool, integrated spa, counter current swimming system, staircase turning a corner or with a bench seat, suntanning area, etc. Each pool is customisable and made to measure.

High-quality renovation for limited costs, a core concern for public authorities

To create a public pool, the criteria are somewhat different. Public pools are above all leisure facilities where wellness and entertainment are key aspects. In order to make this kind of structure more attractive and comply with regional planning and development policies, local authorities call on an architect who will design a pool in a style replicating the dynamism and personality of the entity that will manage it. “The buyer wants to meet the requirements of the pool’s users, in particular sports clubs, schools and families, and comes to us to imagine a facility that promotes the pleasure of swimming for all. Swimmers must be able to enjoy the facility, the pool surrounds, the lighting, and have a great experience,” explains Jean-Luc Calligaro, registered architect and co-founder of architecture rm Atelier Po&Po with Bruno Palisson and whose portfolio of major projects includes giving the aquatic centre in Aix-les-Bains a facelift.

The facility has drawn its new lease of life from its setting, in particular the shape of the surrounding mountain peaks. We wanted the façades to look like a carved-out serac, cradled in the hollow of the mountains overlooking it”, says Jean-Luc Calligaro as he describes this urban project, with the specifi c feature of being located alongside lake Bourget and at the foot of the mountains. “We designed our project keeping in mind that we had to limit costs and optimise and recover energy. The technical decisions we made take into account thermal, acoustic and aesthetic comfort, the creation of independent entities, but also the need to make the facilities easy to manage by adapting them according to the different usage periods, temperatures required, occupancy rates, etc. And all this with moderate installation and operating costs enabling maintenance to be limited and ensuring the equipment is easy to service”, adds the architect, who also had to meet stringent seismic constraints while using the existing foundations.


In order to perfectly meet the requirements of our customers and propose projects that are tailored to their desires, we draw on our expertise to advise them regarding the positioning of the pool, its size depending on the available land, recommend a type of stairs depending on the orientation of the sun, etc. Collaborating with an architect on a joint project allows the pool builder to have a comprehensive vision of the pool and to determine the perfect shape and dimensions in line with the architecture of the house and the immediate outdoor surroundings." Anthony Blein, Salesman at Tout Pour L’eau / SolidPool

3RD POOL VISION COMPETITION (rewarding professionals designing the most beautiful pools all over the world)

Open to all architects, interior designers and designers from all over the world, the Pool Vision competition shines a spotlight on the creative and technical skills architects put into designing outstanding pools. Organised in collaboration with the Archi-Europe Group, this year’s competition will be the opportunity to discover out-ofthe-ordinary projects from around the world in different categories.

Hence, during the two regional competitions held in Dubai (Piscine Middle East) and Singapore (Piscine Asia), three projects will be selected in each of the following categories:

  • Most beautiful residential pool
  • Most beautiful tourism and leisure pool
  • Most innovative pool

Two additional categories have been added for the worldwide selection:

  • Most beautiful public pool
  • Most beautiful renovated pool

The winners of each category will receive a prize and be invited to the exhibition to which they submitted their entry. An award ceremony will be organised during the forthcoming Piscine Global exhibition, on 17 November.

Energy efficiency and safety, key words for public pools

Pool safety is also an essential component, for swimmers and authorities alike. For this project, Bruno Palisson (Atelier Po&Po) paid particular attention to the orientation of the building to optimise the lighting: “the layout and the fact that the glass walls are north-facing ensure ample natural light comes into the pool area while avoiding direct sunlight on the water, which causes problems in terms of surveillance and pool safety. Furthermore, the roof of the building, which was designed with comfort in mind, has been equipped with ceiling lights in certain places to provide a warmer atmosphere in the pool area thanks to ltered light. This light will give some structure to the pool area while gradually changing from one season to the next. This natural light intake will also minimise lighting costs, and hence reduce the facility’s operating costs”, continues Jean-Luc Calligaro.

Indeed, for renovation projects, energy ef ciency is just as important as aesthetics.For this project, the objective was to refurbish the pool completely, i.e. make it more energy ef cient and complement this with other works designed to create a unique atmosphere. In renovating the municipal pool in Bagneux we selected two colours – white and blue – which provide a cosy, soothing atmosphere”, explains Dominique Coulon, architect at Cabinet Dominique Coulon & Associés, winner of the last Pool Vision competition in the public pools category.

The most remarkable architectural pool and spa projects will be rewarded by Piscine Global in the Pool Vision area and during a specifi c award ceremony, with a view to inspiring and encouraging professionals in the sector to design and develop pool projects that are outstanding in terms of both technical and aesthetic innovation!


TAKING PLACE ON 17 NOVEMBER, the Specifi ers’ Day is open to all landscape designers and architects from around the world who want to discover the latest trends and innovations related to their trade while they are at the show. This special day will give around 100 professionals the opportunity to attend seminars dedicated to renovating or developing pools, and draw inspiration from the latest trends during their visit to the exhibition. During the day they will be able to meet the winners of the Pool Vision competition, which awards prizes to the private or public pool projects with the most remarkable architectural features.


9.30 am/10.00 am _ BREAKFAST
10.00 am/11.30 am _  CONFERENCES (themes to be announced)

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Agence Bonne Réponse
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Nataly Joubert
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Marie Tissier
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