La Piscine Museum, Roubaix, France
This building began as a textile factory, which was converted into a swimming pool in the 30’s, hence its Art Deco style. The pool closed in the 80’s and the building was converted once more, this time into a museum of art and industry; the museum opened in 2000.
The museum retains most of the trappings of a swimming pool: the lower floor’s displays center around a long pool of water, reflecting the sculptures and ceramics that flank it, and the showers in the former locker rooms serve as tiled alcoves for displays of art.
The balcony area mostly houses displays of clothing and textile design. Some of it is modern, but most is from before the mid-20th century, since that’s when northern France was the fashion-textile capital of the world.