water cube doesn’t have anything on this

if corbusier [edit: now having taken an actual class on modernist era architects like corb, I’m not so sure about this comparison] had ever designed an aquatic center, it might have looked something like this.  where the water cube is a splashy (hurr), in-your-face brandishing of technological might and capital, Pritzker-awarded architecht Jean Nouvel’s Les Bains des Docks is a waterfront redevelopment project that is highly luxurious, but refined and almost delicate.  I especially like the directional signage incorporated into the tile walls.

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