THE CULT OF THE LIDO“The space around the pool in the lido resembled beach space in its promiscuous democracy of age, class, bodily shape and temperament” 
After their invention in the 1920s, Lidos became an important third place to meet and relax at. Most of the open-air swimming pools were build in cities- sometimes beeing placed between traffic noises and skyscrapers- where people could enjoy the imitate holiday atmosphere after a long day of work. The increasing popularity of open-air swimming pools in the city center proofs the human’s unique connection to water, especially the sea, and the feelings of freedom and joy, privileged people associate with the element.
 Ken Worpole in “here comes the sun. architecture and public space in twentieth century european culture.” (p.115)
Bathers by the diving board at the Serpentine Lido in Hyde Park, London ( Image: Getty Images)