Les Bains Des Docks by Jean Nouvel
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Les Bains Des Docks by Jean Nouvel

As part of a masterplan to regenerate the docklands of Le Havre, Les Bains Des Docks is an complex aquatic center including an Olympic-size outdoor swimming pool alongside a public baths and lagoon-style leisure pools.

Simple black exterior and white interiors with boxy design, large skylights and varying sizes windows bring natural light throughout.

Architects: Ateliers Jean Nouvel
Location: Le Havre, France
Photography: Clément Guillaum

© Clément Guillaum

© Clément Guillaum

© Clément Guillaum

© Clément Guillaum

Inspiration from architect:

The overall design was inspired by the Roman thermal baths as people can go to congregate in most of the various pools year round.

It is a paradox, a building on a harbour scale, inspiring simplicity and robustness, but which betrays its complexity as soon as one penetrates its volumes, one enters a universe of whiteness and depths.


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