In the last fortnight, I have discovered the world’s deepest swimming pool, the world’s largest swimming pool, and now the Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre in Sydney, which has just won an architectural award for being generally curvy and sexy:
The trouble with large indoor pools is that the echoiness (it’s definitely a word) and relative emptiness of the space makes them the least cosy places in the world: even the swish new pool at the Olympics looked like a large, bare, unattractive municipal facility. I don’t know if it’s just the curvy ceiling that gives the Ian Thorpe centre such an appealing look, but either way I like it. If, like me, you’re a bit scared of swimming but would like to do more of it, then curvy appealing-looking pools are a very good thing.
Although that doesn’t help me with swimming in the sea, which I will be trying next week. Wish me luck.