The Pool

Isabelle Toland, Amelia Holliday and Michelle Tabet

The Pool - architecture exhibition installation in the Design Studio at NGVA
Photo: Narelle Wilson

The Pool is an architecture exhibition that represents the connection between landscape, culture and architecture as observed through the frame of a singular architectural and landscape typology: the swimming pool.

As the 2016 Australian exhibition at the prestigious Venice Architecture Biennale, The Pool offers a lens through which to explore Australian cultural identity through an exploration of the pools of Australia – natural or manmade, inland or coastal, temporary or permanent. It is a fresh and joyful exhibition that extends the practice and thinking of architecture, offering a celebratory and accessible conversation about the ways in which pools as places affect us both socially and culturally. Pools are levellers of age, background, education and commitment.

The exhibition, consisting of a functioning pool, invites visitors to ‘take a dip’ inside the gallery. Complemented by multimedia and audio content, the exhibition also explores important pools of Australia through a series of ‘lanes’, a playful reference to the eight competition lanes that make up the standard Olympic pool, in which eight public personas tell their stories of architecture and culture.