Swimming Pools of the Sea

Swimming Pools of the Sea

Piscinas de Marés - Leça da Palmeira (Oporto)

Avenida da Liberdade
4450-716 Leça da Palmeira

Piscinas de Marés (Portuguese: Swimming Pools of the Sea) is swimming facility on the beach of Leça da Palmeira which is located North of the city of Matosinhos, in the district of Porto in Northern Portugal. The structures consisting of two natural pools filled with fresh sea water were designed and built from 1959 to 1973 by Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza Vieira. Located about one and a half kilometers south of the famous Boa Nova tea room and restaurant, it is considered one of the most interesting early projects of Siza Vieira. He spent months drawing and feeling the environment so he could design a building that fitted perfectly along the shore. It's architecture made from the site and for the site. All the materials are raw. Concrete, wood and steel are all processed with traditional techniques of constructing.

  • Posted in: Pools
  • Posted on : Thursday, 02 February 2017.
  • Ownership:: Private