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Is this Dutch swimming pool really the most beautiful one in the world?

The Noorderpark pool in north Amsterdam in the Netherlands has been named the most beautiful pool in the world.

The Noorderpark pool in Amsterdam-Noord was named the most beautiful pool in the world. Image: de Architekten Cie
The Noorderpark pool in Amsterdam-Noord was named the most beautiful pool in the world. Image: de Architekten Cie

Piscine Global in Lyon, France, gave the top award to the Dutch pool, which was designed by de Architekten Cie and opened in April 2014.

The Noorderpark pool in Amsterdam-Noord was named the most beautiful pool in the world. Image: de Architekten Cie
The Noorderpark pool in Amsterdam-Noord was named the most beautiful pool in the world. Image: de Architekten Cie

“Thanks to the light and airy architecture, the public swimming pool fits perfectly to its surroundings,” the citation said. “The wooden structure softens the transition between inside and out, and invites people to enter the gently undulating pavilion situated in the heart of the park.”

The Noorderpark pool in Amsterdam-Noord was named the most beautiful pool in the world. Image: de Architekten Cie
The Noorderpark pool in Amsterdam-Noord was named the most beautiful pool in the world. Image: de Architekten Cie

The Nooderpark swimming pool was built to replace the previous pool, which was demolished after 40 years because it was old and used too much energy.

 

There are now two 25-metre pools and a water slide inside the building, as well as restaurants, offices and staff rooms.

The Noorderpark pool in Amsterdam-Noord was named the most beautiful pool in the world. Image: de Architekten Cie
The Noorderpark pool in Amsterdam-Noord was named the most beautiful pool in the world. Image: de Architekten Cie

There is another 25-metre pool located outside the building, as well as a lawn for sunbathing, a toddler pool and parking area.

The Noorderpark pool in Amsterdam-Noord was named the most beautiful pool in the world. Image: de Architekten Cie
The Noorderpark pool in Amsterdam-Noord was named the most beautiful pool in the world. Image: de Architekten Cie

The new pool’s energy bill is 75% lower, because it is designed so that rain water is collected outside, then stored and purified before flowing into the pool.

The Noorderpark pool in Amsterdam-Noord was named the most beautiful pool in the world. Image: de Architekten Cie
The Noorderpark pool in Amsterdam-Noord was named the most beautiful pool in the world. Image: de Architekten Cie

The pool is located in Noorderpark, a beautiful green oasis that spans over 45 hectares. Some of the more popular features of the park include a stage and space for concerts and festivals.

The Noorderpark pool in Amsterdam-Noord was named the most beautiful pool in the world. Image: de Architekten Cie
The Noorderpark pool in Amsterdam-Noord was named the most beautiful pool in the world. Image: de Architekten Cie

There are also many trees and green areas for picnics in the park surrounding the pool, as well as bike routes and walking paths.

The Noorderpark pool in Amsterdam-Noord was named the most beautiful pool in the world. Image: de Architekten Cie
The Noorderpark pool in Amsterdam-Noord was named the most beautiful pool in the world. Image: de Architekten Cie

We definitely agree with the judges that this pool is seriously impressive.