In Overveen, a town in the municpality of Bloemendaal, lies the former pool house calles "Stoop's Bad"( Stoop's Bath). The building is situated in an upper class neighbourhood, surrounded by expansive private villas, most dating from the 1930's. The designer of the original building, built in 1916, was Eduard Cuypers, the nephew of P.J.H. Cuypers, the architect of the Rijksmuseum and the Central Station in Amsterdam. The swimming pool was the brainchild of Adriaan Stoop, who left his job at Royal Dutch Shell and became enthousiastic about one of the many health fads that were prevalent at the turn of the century, that of hydrotherapy. In 1990 the pool house closed its doors, and was donated to the municipal government. The former pool house was purchased in 1997, and plans were made to develop it into a deluxe complex of apartments. The interior of the pool house had already been ompletely removed, and it was planned that 28 new apartments would be developed and a new foundation installed, all fitted within the monumental outer walls of the original building. The imposing main entrance doors were retained, though they now look onto an entirely neuw interior entrance hall. The imposing space is almost 4 meters wide, 11 meters high and 27 meter long. Here, stairways lead upwards through the vast, open space to the apartments located in each storey. Some of the appartments have windows that look out into this spacious entrance gallery, and all the apartments are accessible by lifts.
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