Deep Dive: Swimming and Rehab Pools Around the World

For much of the northern hemisphere, pools signify summertime. But for many firms, including several of our Healthcare Giants , they represent design opportunities in the healthcare and wellness sectors.

“We’ve seen an uptick in pool-related projects, whether for universities or community centers, the latter primarily due to the public-private partnership financing model. The design of projects under the P3 model is held to a high standard, as they’re considered civic and must stand the test of time,” says Clarence Mamuyac, president of ELS Architecture and Urban Design . Mamuyac's firm has completed over 30 pool projects and breaks ground on the Santa Clara International Swim Center next fall.

“Most of our work is intended to serve the community in one way or another, but our work for San Francisco’s Recreation & Parks Department is especially rewarding because these projects show what’s possible, even with a modest budget,” says the namesake principal of Mark Cavagnero Associates of his Charlie Sava Pool, which won an AIA San Francisco Excellence in Design Award.

Adds Gary Brewer, partner at Robert A.M. Stern Architects , which has completed several pools for community, university, and hospital facilities: “We're very interested in how health and fitness can be integrated into the life of a community.”

See these firms’ and others’ pool projects in the slideshow:

1. CannonDesign

2. Robert A.M. Stern Architects


4. Perkins+Will

5. LPA

6. HOK

7. ELS Architecture and Urban Design

8. Lehrer Architects

9. Mark Cavagnero Associates

10. Paulett Taggart Architects

11. Cannon Design

12. Cooper Carry

13. Perkins Eastman

14. HDR

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