How can a covered pool touch thousands of lives?
You're about to find out!
We are going to tell you a story that shaped our present and that we hope will shape our future. Dig out your flares, platform clogs and floral dresses, because we're going on a trip back to the '70s. Are hu ready?
Once upon a time, the worst swimmers in the world made a big splash.
It all began at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City. The French swimming team found themselves out of their depth, returning home with just one bronze medal. The whole country was disappointed. Joseph Comiti, the Secretary of State, decided to take action to help France learn to swim. All they needed was a thousand pools! A competition was announced, with a brief calling for affordable proposals that would be quick to make and easy to reproduce.
As it happens, Bernard Schoeller had come up with a very original idea: a bit like a flying saucer, a bit like a groovy sea urchin. He called his swimming pool Tournesol, the French for sunflower. The prefabricated structure was made from plastic to cope with both winter and summer conditions, and its unique design included a mechanism that allowed the roof to open, transforming it into an open-air swimming pool.
The concept proved popular and Bernard won the competition. Bring on the pools!
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