Fragmented skylighting, a design feature now prevalent in high end spas and resorts around the world, balms a 50s swimming pool on a popular Soviet Black Sea Riviera town torn about by war. The early-mid 20th century approach to communal swimming pool design and role does not seem to be a phenomenon isolated to Britain. Soviet public pools were also notably grand and decorative in their aesthetic. Ornamental tilework mosaics, tiered spectator seeting areas and floor-to-ceiling vivarium style natural lighting as architectural choices were common practice – indicating a will of the Communist Party’s powers-that-were and the construction sector policymakers of the day to go above the call duty in their work of creating a satisfactory environment where all could happily spend time.


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