The glory that is concrete ...
Having a a Harold Holt Memorial Swimming Pool is comical enough. Even better is this criticism in yesterday's Age* which deals with the proposed redesign of the swimming pool:
It is one of the few survivors of the Brutalist period ... British architects in the 1950s and '60s also adopted the style to represent their political agenda. Their ideas were realised for public housing and community buildings, and centred on the notioin of architecture as part of the democratic revolution.So the new architects are unsuitable because - amongst other things - they're not communist! (Left-wing bias in The Age? Never!)
To design this building, the architects required a mindset that embraced issues of anti-establishment, left-wing politics, and an ability to underscore those values in architecture.
Stonnington City Council has chosen architects Peddle Thorp to alter and extend the pool.
Peddle Thorp have unquestionable experience with the design of sporting and community facilities, including the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre and Rod Laver arena. They are commercially savvy and productive.
But they do not possess an architectural philosophy that embraces the values that inform the original design for this pool.
* I'll post the link when I can find it.