This collection of projects illustrates the urban value of aggregated amenities facilities in the community centre model. The fundamental elements of natural light, fresh air, and clean water are described both in their value as generators of experience in public pools and in how they are technically executed in architectural design. Projects include a Vancouver 2010 Olympic Venue and its legacy phase as a new community centre, various 50m competitive pools, and several 25m community pools With comprehensive text, plus beautiful images and architectural drawings, the social, technical, and spatial strategies employed in each project are explored, bringing HCMA’s expertise in this very specific field of architecture. Having completed more than twelve public Aquatics Centres across Canada in the past decade, Hughes Condon Marler Architects has developed significant architectural expertise in the design of pools without having ever defaulted to a repetitive aesthetic. Pools: Aquatic Architecture traces the evolution of those ideas, beginning at Eileen Dailly Leisure Pool, all the way through to current projects being developed in Surrey, British Columbia. Through orthographic drawings, diagrams, professional photography and editorial text, the strategies employed in each project are clearly illustrated. Editorial direction by Trevor Boddy examines seven completed Aquatics Centres and delves into the design process of one building that is currently under development, in order to bring to light the origin and evolution of ideas that have become HCMA’s architectural ethos.
About the Author
Hughes Condon Marler Architects (HCMA) is an internationally recognized team of 50 people with an extensive body of work focusing on socially sustainable architecture. First established in 1976 and based in Vancouver and Victoria, the firm is a collaborative practice between five principals–Roger Hughes, Darryl Condon, Karen Marler, Stuart Rothnie and Carl-Jan Rupp. Vancouver-based Trevor Boddy is a critic of contemporary architecture, and commentator on recent urbanism and city-building. His writing has been recognized both regionally and internationally. As a consulting urban designer, he has co-devised various architectural competitions and his work has been included in a number of significant exhibitions. As an architectural curator, Trevor Boddy produced the 2008 internationally exhibited “Vancouverism: Architecture Builds the City” shown in London, Paris, and Vancouver. Foreword is provided by pools pioneer Ron Keenberg of IKOY Architects.