Norman Day railed in today's paper against proposed alterations to the Harold Holt Memorial Swimming Pool by Peddle Thorpe architects, accusing it of gimmickry and arrogance."The very qualities that make the Harold Holt pool a significant building are to be subsumed into a comfortable and relaxed architecture of mediocrity." (The article is not yet online).
The Mayor of Stonnington said in July that, the redevelopment plans take into account the historical significance of the site, the style of the existing buildings and the local area. We particularly want to retain the unique character, friendly environment and its reputation as the pool in the park."
Judge for yourself, PDFs of the proposed design can now be downloaded from the project website HERE
The pool, in Melbourne's Glen Iris, was designed by Kevin Borland and Daryl Jackson and completed in 1968. In July this year the brutalist building created a stir in the news by being admitted onto the Victorian Heritage Register.
UTAS TIMBER PAGE
WOLFGANG SIEVERS PHOTOS
HERITAGE REGISTRATION THE AGE 17.07.06
PLANS OLD AND NEW
VIEW FROM NORTH (source: council website)
Tip: pH architects