Perhaps you have heard of Molitor, the most famous Parisian swimming pool with a history tracing back to 1929. Closed in 1989 as a historical monument and used as an open art space for 15 years, it reopened its doors in 2014 with a revamped and avant-garde image. With two pools, a restaurant, a spa, a rooftop (opened from May to September) and art installations, Molitor has truly become one of the most luxurious and coveted pools to enter.
Due to its unique history, its reopening was met with much debate about the integrity of the space. In 1989, the plans were to destroy the pool, but the public outcry was loud enough to the save the space as a historic relic. Furthermore, in 2012 a large part of the building was destroyed during the renovation projects from 2008-2014. But ultimately the Molitor Pool is back, maintaining the same art-deco style and daring spirit as when the first bikinis ever appeared here after the second world war.
A very restricted access
Unfortunately, to access the pool you have to pay 190€ a day, a restricted access adding to the luxe image of the pool.
Around the pool there are 124 rooms of a five-star hotel that are available, as well as Molitor club membership (costing 1200 euros for entry and 3300 euros for annual membership) which are both means of accessing this historic and avant-garde pool.
The private complex was met with large criticism among Parisians due to the feeling of exclusion and privatisation of a what was a once-open sports complex in the city. The feeling of loss of such open cultural heritage was met with arguments that the pool is a great example of restoration of such historic sites to make them more modern and dynamic. Whatever the discussion, it is obvious that the Molitor Pool was, is, and will be, a popular place to talk about.
From May 22nd to June 5th, don’t miss the “Villa Molitor” rooftop parties: invitation only for this ephemeral nightclub. More here.
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Where: Piscine Molitor, Paris, France
Metro: Porte d'Auteuil (Line 10)