Nahariya's municipal pool, 1963. Yehuda Dorfzaun, Palphot / Reproduction by David Bachar

From Popsicles to Hyper-consumerism: A Brief History of Israeli Swimming Pools

The first swimming pools were modest and blended in the surrounding scenery; these days, they have become a part of commercial complexes not accessible to everyone.

“We didn’t have a refrigerator, we didn’t have a telephone, but we did have a swimming pool.” Thus Lior Galpaz reflects on the pool designed in 1958 by his late father, the architect Moshe Galpaz. It is...

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