La Piscine with Quentin Vuong

France is the largest European private pool market, and the second largest in the world, behind the United States. 39% of French private swimming pools are located in southeast.

The city of Arles is part of this pool proliferation territory. The stunning quantity of clean water contained in this galaxy of pools is a source of comfort and strong economic valuation as well as biologic hazard (pollution by chlorine for example).

The city of Arles and its surrounding territory, the Camargue, the great interweaving of the Rhone, ponds, marshes and the Mediterranean coast, also host a vernacular culture that mobilizes a considerable diversity of actors and knowledge around water. 

We suggested building an experimental pool at the Luma Ateliers, as a place to gather and talk about water culture.

(1) Pont de Crau, Arles. In this 800m x 800m square, 100 pools for 360 inhabitant equal about 10 tons of water per person. 

(2) 100 private pools together weave a diverse common condition on the territory.

(3) Joel Sternfeld, American prospects, 1987

Finalist project 

La Piscine with Quentin Vuong

France is the largest European private pool market, and the second largest in the world, behind the United States. 39% of French private swimming pools are located in southeast.

The city of Arles is part of this pool proliferation territory. The stunning quantity of clean water contained in this galaxy of pools is a source of comfort and strong economic valuation as well as biologic hazard (pollution by chlorine for example).

The city of Arles and its surrounding territory, the Camargue, the great interweaving of the Rhone, ponds, marshes and the Mediterranean coast, also host a vernacular culture that mobilizes a considerable diversity of actors and knowledge around water. 

We suggested building an experimental pool at the Luma Ateliers, as a place to gather and talk about water culture.

(1) Pont de Crau, Arles. In this 800m x 800m square, 100 pools for 360 inhabitant equal about 10 tons of water per person. 

(2) 100 private pools together weave a diverse common condition on the territory.

(3) Joel Sternfeld, American prospects, 1987

Finalist project 

A house, a pool, a house, a pool ... The presence of water from above takes this diffuse form, neither natural nor clearly planned or controlled. It reflects the evolution of lifestyles and the emergence of a low-cost economy. The equation is simple: In ten years, in France, the size and current cost of a private pool will be halved while the volume of private basins will have doubled. This year, it will reach two million and use extraordinary volumes of potable water: nearly 90 million tons.