Ixelles Swimming Pool
The interest in hygiene appeared in Europe in the 19th century against the background of city urbanisation, industrialisation and epidemics. Public health awareness presented numerous typological and technical challenges for architects. In the Brussels Region, swimming pools, baths and laundries all came into being simultaneously, sometimes in a single place. Swimming gradually emerged as a full-blown sport in the 19th century. The construction of the Ixelles swimming baths formed part of the municipal public health programme. Its opening in 1904 prompted a craze among the working classes who could finally enjoy a place of recreation. Listed in 2007, the Ixelles swimming baths have undergone two upgrades: the first in the 1960s, and the second from 1998 to 2000.