Empire Pool, Wembley, London: the pool hall

RIBApix ref no RIBA7305
Architect/DesignerWilliams, Sir Evan Owen (1890-1969)
Artist/PhotographerNewbery, Sydney W. (1894-1985)
CountryUK: England
CityLondon
Subject Date1934
Image Date1934
ViewInterior
StyleModern Movement
MediumPhotoprint
Library ReferenceA16/38
OrientationLandscape
Colour / B&W Black and white
Credit RIBA Collections
Notes NOTES: Built for the 1934 Empire Games, this was the largest covered bath in the world on completion. The pool was capable of being decked over to take an ice skating rink and also a tournament arena. The pool itself was last used for the 1948 Summer Olympics, after which the building has been used for entertainment and known simply as Wembley Arena.

Subject tags

glazing, concrete, roofs, swimming pools, entertainment buildings, olympic buildings