Les Bains Des Docks Aquatic Center in Le Havre, France, is the brain child of designer Jean Nouvel, a stunning center of relaxation. Les Bains Des Docks is an indoor/outdoor facility with pools, saunas, waterfalls and steam rooms that connect with humanity’s fascination with water. The design is clean, calming and geometric, featuring inset rectangular boxes that provide character inside and out. The architecture is largely color neutral, where the water and the bodies within it provide much of the organic character. The exception is a bright and vivid playroom for children on the side of the indoor section of the facility.
The overall design was inspired by the Roman thermal baths as people can go to congregate in most of the various pools year round. The simple exterior of the building is a precast concrete painted black with a grey base and random windows of varying sizes. Inside there are of over 6 indoor and outdoor pools in different areas including an Olympic sized lap pool and children's play area. Most of the interior consists of straight, boxy designs painted in white with the exception of a children's play area which is multicolored. Several of the indoor pools are at varying levels and waterfalls give a natural division to the different spaces. Large skylights and exterior windows bring in natural light throughout.
Les Bains Des Docks is open to the public. Entry costs 5 euros per person before group, youth or senior discounts.