Deep Dive: Swimming and Rehab Pools Around the World

University of Colorado Denver, Anschutz Health and Wellness Center by CannonDesign. The 95,000-square-foot, four-story facility is designed to foster a culture of sustainable, healthy lifestyles and disease prevention, combining research and care that focuses on alternative and complementary medicines, holistic wellness, nutrition, and weight management. Photography by Bill Timmerman.

Bedford Family Center, Westport Weston Family Y, Connecticut, by Robert A.M. Stern Architects. The state-of-the-art fitness and wellness center features an aquatics center with a 10-lane, 25-yard competition pool and a therapeutic warm-water recreational family pool. "We concentrated the pool and exercise rooms in the southern parts of the building to take advantage of the natural light—an aesthetic and environmentally friendly choice," RAMSA partner Kevin Smith says. Photography by Francis Dzikowski.

Beijing United Family Rehabilitation Hospital by RTKL. The 100-bed, 172,000-square-foot facility aims to restore function and quality of life to patients recovering from serious injuries, surgeries, or debilitating illnesses by providing a team approach using evidence-based medicine and modern technology in a comfortable and nurturing environment. Its state-of-the-art amenities include an extensive hydrotherapy pool area. Photography by Jonathan Leijonhufvud.

Cornell Community Centre Aquatics Centre, Ontario, by Perkins+Will. This combination of pool tanks and splash areas is designed to suit the needs of the local hospital as well as the municipality for community use. The special needs for ambulatory and rehabilitative patients were integrated into the therapy pool tank design, while other areas allow for learning, training, and play. Photography by Tom Arban.

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, Student Recreation Center by LPA. The 120,000-square-foot facility features a 6,500-square-foot pool and a 51-foot rock-climbing wall, one of the highest in all of California. Photography by Costea Photography.

Auburn University at Montgomery Wellness Center, Alabama, by HOK. Reflecting the energy and movement of exercise, the facility's innovative "stretch and bend" design concept creates a dynamic gathering place for students to exercise and socialize. The indoor natatorium opens to an outdoor garden and patio, which connect with the rest of the campus. Photography by Brad Feinknopf.

USC Uytengsu Aquatics Center, Los Angeles, by ELS Architecture and Urban Design. Renovation and expansion of the former USC McDonald's Olympic Swim Stadium, the new stadium features permanent seating for 1,500 spectators, a shade canopy structure, lighting for nighttime competitions, the ability to flex to accommodate 2,500 spectators, locker and team rooms, lounges, and offices. Photography by John McGillen and Lawrence Anderson.

Reseda Park Pool, Los Angeles, by Lehrer Architects. The only public pool within a 5-mile radius, serving the community for over 50 years, had been out of operation for several years. Working with a modest budget—basically enough to build a new competition-size pool, pave and fence it—Lehrer leveraged off-the-shelf industrial materials to transform fencing into 10 cabanas with built-in seating and five 30-foot-high shade pavilions. Photography courtesy of Lehrer Architects.

Charlie Sava Pool in San Francisco by Mark Cavagnero Associates and Paulett Taggart Architects. The public-pool facility is made of exposed cast-in-place concrete and aluminum curtain walls, with panels of handcrafted ceramic tiles adding complexity to exterior walls. The natatorium is filled with diffused natural light thanks to windows on four sides, some of which are operable for ventilation. Cedar wood slats over sound-dampening material help control acoustics. Photography by Tim Griffith.

Missouri State University, Bill R. Foster and Family Recreation Center in Springfield, by Cannon Design. The facility is a meeting place for the students and staff, a focal point for campus recruitment, a symbol of health and wellness for the community, and an iconic building for the city. Photography by Gayle Babcock.

Cherokee County Aquatic Center in Holly Springs, Georgia, by Cooper Carry. The center includes a 46,298-square-foot indoor aquatic facility and a 18,000-square-foot outdoor leisure pool and deck area, providing competitive and recreational swimming opportunities, learn-to-swim programs, aqua therapy, and aquatic exercise classes to the surrounding community. Photography by Josh Meister.

Spring Lake Village, Santa Rosa, CA, by Perkins Eastman. The goal of this continuing care retirement community (CCRC) is to attract active adults. Improved public spaces created on a 4.5-acre vacant parcel include the addition of a new fitness building with a therapy pool/spa, an aerobics studio, and changing areas. Photography by Chris Cooper.

U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital, Polytrauma and Rehabilitation Center, Water Therapy Pool Building in Tampa, FL, by HDR. One of only five of its type in the U.S., the 189,188-square-foot facility is designed to help veterans and service members recover from injuries classified as polytrauma and to reintegrate into the community in a patient-and family-focused facility that combines all of their rehabilitation needs in one place. Photography courtesy of HDR.