Des Amiraux Buiding and Swimming Pool


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Built between 1922 and 1927 by Henri Sauvage, the 7-story concrete building was ordered by the City of Paris and was intended to be "cheap" housing. Sauvage used the same tier arrangement as in his Vavin street's 1909 buiding, in order to provide each occupants with a balcony.

Facades are covered with earthenware tiles, and the "basement" is oddly located on... the third floor.

Sauvage desired to build a movie theater in the central courtyard, which was large enough due to the building's arrangement, but the City decided otherwise and a swimming pool was made in 1930 (restored in 1982-1983).

The swimming pool is featured in the French film Amélie (original French title: Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain) directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet.

Source : translated from Wikipedia contributors, "Immeuble et piscine des Amiraux"

More info
  • Prices - Entrance to the swimming pool is 3 euros (opening hours are variable : see the website linked above)
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