The swimming-pool: a daring project

The Deauville swimming pool was one of the first projects in France by architect Roger Taillibert. It was also his graduation project from ENSBA (prestigious French art school). His bold project was far from the Norman style, which was very popular at the time on the "Côte Fleurie". He chose to install thin, long-reach sails, which had been tested at the beginning of the 1960s and of which he became a specialist. The seawater swimming pool was inaugurated in July of 1966 by Maurice Chevalier, Marie Laforêt, the Sport Minister of the time Françoise Missoffe, and Alain Gotvalles, French champion of the 100-meter crawl. The technological prowess and use of new materials ensured the success of Roger Taillibert’s creations. This achievement was the first of a long series of sport structures, including the "Parc des Princes" stadium in Paris (1967-1972) and the Olympic Complex of Montreal (1972-1976).