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Municipal Pool in Tabuaço, Portugal by Topos Atelier de Arquitectura

Swimming pools typology: a striking Stadtkrone for little over 6,000 people looks out across rolling countryside

Municipal pool as Stadtkrone: this is the pinnacle of the pool as urban feature, and for a town of just over 6,000 people. The improbable location of the building affords striking views, and yet this is a facility for all, unlike the infinity pools of exclusive hotels. Having ascended the shallow steps of the ramped approach, visitors enter a shaded letterbox aperture. Inside the shuttered concrete outcrop, cool marble and wood form a low-key foyer, through which you pass into the pools: one 25m lap pool and a smaller training pool. From here, all attention is directed towards the glazed end of the building, which looks out over the rolling countryside.

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Ground floor plan

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