2018 Research Award
After considering our judges’ reports on the range of entries submitted for our 2018 Pat Skinner Award for writing about ocean pools, our Committee agreed to immediately institute a separate Research Award.
Prize-money for our 2018 Research Award was provided by our major sponsor, Diverse Productions (https://diverseproductions.biz/).
Prize-money of $500 (equal to the maximum prize-money ever awarded to one individual for any of our awards) for our new 2018 Research Award was awarded to Valentin Rey for Piscines de marée six essais, his six ground-breaking essays on the aesthetics and architecture of the ocean pools of the Azores and Madeira Islands. Valentin’s research on Portugal’s Atlantic islands was undertaken as part of his postgraduate architectural studies at a Swiss University, the EPFL (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne) and written in French. Valentin described his 160-page document as ‘a theoretical approach on architecture. It seeks to reveal the qualities of ocean pools in terms of materiality, resistance, time and as a constructed object strongly related to the site where it is built.’
Kim Mettam was awarded an Honourable Mention in our inaugural Research Award for Explosive History behind Mettam’s Pool, his entry for the 2018 Pat Skinner Award for writing about ocean pools.
His account of the development of Perth’s Mettams Pool written ‘with support from all of Frank Mettam’s grandchildren’ had been published as a one-page article in the Weekend West Australian of October 29-30, 2016. Kim’s entry stated ‘This beach was largely wall to wall reef until the early 1930’s. Out of this Grandfather created a natural swimming and snorkelling pool and a sandy shoreline. It took over35 years of hard work but to the family it was a labour of love for their community’.