The old municipal swimming pool in the small town of Roubaix had been closed in 1985 due to safety problems; over the years, the support underneath the pool was weakened, and it was declared unsafe in 1985.
Originally built between 1927 and 1932 by the architect Albert Baert, the swimming pool is a stunningly beautiful example of Art Deco architecture.
Instead of abandoning the building, the city undertook an extensive renovation project, turning the facility into a museum called the La Piscine-Musée d'Art et d'Industrie André Diligent. The locals just call it La Piscine.
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