All for sport
Designed by the architect Roger Taillibert, the Olympic pool opened its doors in 1982. Extended in 2002 by the same architect, the twin building – with its impressive roof in the shape of a shell – became known as the “Coque” National Sports and Cultural Centre.
This multi-sports arena, adaptable for major shows, can seat up to 8,000 visitors and some 2,500 performers for major events.
The Aquatic Centre itself offers an Olympic-size (50 metre) competition pool, a diving tower (with 1m, 3m, 5m, 7.5m and 10m boards), a learner pool, a treatment pool, a jacuzzi, a children’s pool, a fitness room and a relaxation area.
In addition to these pools open to the public, the Aquatic Centre also features an Olympic-size (50 m) training pool reserved for sports associations and schools, together with a diving pool that can only be accessed through the diving club and with a supervisor present holding a suitable qualification.
Since 2008, the "Coque" has featured a new wellness centre, with saunas spread over two floors.
From the outset, the architects planned to equip the Centre with multiple conference and events spaces and with a variety of different ambiences, in order to satisfy the widest possible range of requests from its business clientèle.