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Sanjay Gangal
Sanjay Gangal
Sanjay Gangal is the President of IBSystems, the parent company of, MCADCafe, EDACafe.Com, GISCafe.Com, and ShareCG.Com.

Municipal Indoor Swimming Pool In Toro, Zamora (Spain)

April 15th, 2011 by Sanjay Gangal

The building was developed as a result of the proposal submitted to a public competition called in 2004 by the City of Toro.

Municipal Indoor Swimming Pool - Exterior

  • Project: Municipal indoor swimming pool in Toro, Zamora (Spain)
  • Client : Toro City Council.
  • Situation: Calle Bustamante s/n, 49800, Toro (Zamora). Spain.
  • Dates:
    • Competition, September 2004.
    • Project, December 2005.
    • Construction, October 2006 – December 2010.
  • Architects & Construction managers: VIER ARQUITECTOS SLP (Antonio Raya, Cristóbal Crespo, Santiago Sánchez, Enrique Antelo).
  • Collaborators: Pablo Vilares Calvete, Cristina De Vera Juárez y Ruth Varela Rodríguez, architects. José María Sastre Martín, rigger.
  • Contractor: Valsan Construcciones y Contratas S.L. (since march 2009 – partial concrete structure). Ferrovial Agromán S.A. (from september 2009).
  • Area: 2.441,00 m2.
  • Photographer: Héctor Fernández Santos-Díez.
  • Web:
  • Address: C/ Santiago de la Iglesia, 5, bajo. 15004. A Coruña. Spain
  • Telephone: (+34) 981 145 366
  • Software used: AutoCAD, CYPE

Municipal Indoor Swimming Pool Exterior

This building tries to incorporate a new piece in the city, assuming the representative image the building must show according to its public nature, being able to fit in with dignity and, far as possible, becoming a part of the architectural legacy of the town. Not in a position of prominence, but assuming the suggestions of an environment enriched with history and tradition.

Municipal Indoor Swimming Pool Exterior

With this thought in mind, the municipal swimming pool wants to be an austere building that, without abandoning the contemporary architectural language, knows how to give expressive continuity to the Toro´s patrimonial bequest.

The special design of the pool lies in the special role that the use of rammed earth acquires in its construction, developing its representative image.

Municipal Indoor Swimming Pool Entrance

Through the definition of bearing walls and exterior cladding to be built in rammed earth, the pool is conceived as a closed space to the outside, focusing on the texture of the walls, its form and composition that enhances the expressive conditions we consider suitable for solving the required image and program in the urban environment where it is located.

Entrance Hall

The pool protects itself from external climatology and from non-desirable views, thanks to that rammed earth perimeter wall. Over this wall, the roofs of the changing rooms’ emerge, suggesting the vegetation of inner courtyards. The scale and layout of the building, the texture of the walls and their colour, even freed from ornamental elements, follow compositive guidelines, present in the monumental architecture of  Toro.

Municipal Indoor Swimming Pool

The closed and severe look of the building contrasts with the image that appears as soon as we trespass the threshold. The different areas in which the program is divided receive natural light and ventilation through a series of interior courtyards that also allow the visual control of the buildings, making them transparent or opaque, as suitable. Moreover, they facilitate the passive support to the heat regulation, allowing the natural ventilation from shade areas. The main volume, which contains the swimming pool basin, must possess a strict control of its climate conditions. For this reason, the exchange with other areas is reduced to the maximum and treated as an autonomous volume regarding the rest of the complex.

Municipal Indoor Swimming Pool

Municipal Indoor Swimming Pool

Municipal Indoor Swimming Pool

Municipal Indoor Swimming Pool

Dry Feet Hall

Wet Feet Hall

Fitness Room

Fitness Room

Indoor Ramp


Ground Floor Plan


First Floor Plan


Elevations & Sections

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