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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

General Services Building inside Helios Swimming Centre in Zaragoza by ACXT

 
September 7th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: ACXT 

The new building plays a key role inside Helios sports and leisure centre, working as an extension to the dressing rooms facilities and connecting an existing sports building.

The main functional ideas are:

Solve the connection between dressing room facilities and the sports centre, making it more natural through the new building. Create an integrated new façade of the group of buildings to the south, east and west, and a service yard to the west, needed for the functioning of the three of them.

Image Courtesy © Iñaki Bergera

  • Architects: ACXT
  • Project: General Services Building in Helios Swimming Centre
  • Location: Zaragoza
  • Photography: Iñaki Bergera
  • Project Architects: Antonio Lorén, Eduardo Aragüés, Olatz Maestre
  • Project Team: Cristina Salavera, Jorge Guillén, Jesús Gil, Enrique Sahun, Jesús M. Sau, Marta Gaspar
  • Client: Centro de Natación Helios
  • Area: 2.294 m2
  • Year: 2012
  • Air Conditioning: Jorge Guillén
  • Lighting: Marta Gaspar
  • Public Health Services: Jorge Guillén
  • Electrical Engineering: Marta Gaspar
  • Fire Strategy: Jesús Sau
  • Construction Management: Antonio Lorén, Eduardo Aragüés, Olatz Maestre

Image Courtesy © Iñaki Bergera

A cantilevered slab of variable width runs through the perimeter of the building in its three main elevations, providing protection to direct sunlight and a porch in the ground floor.

Clear and easy circulations and functional distribution according to privacy: the more public areas are in the gorund floor (cafeteria, multipurpose space, reading room, social room), and the more private areas are in the upper floors: gym and spa in the first floor and padel courts in the roof, restoring the open space occupied by the building.

Image Courtesy © Iñaki Bergera

The main formal ideas are:

The insertion of the new building between two existing constructions create a new whole which dialogates with the built and natural context.

The separation between inner and outer spaces is diluded due to a curtain wall system, so the real enclosure of the building is the exuberant vegetation.

Image Courtesy © Iñaki Bergera

Image Courtesy © Iñaki Bergera

Image Courtesy © Iñaki Bergera

Image Courtesy © Iñaki Bergera

Image Courtesy © Iñaki Bergera

Image Courtesy © Iñaki Bergera

Image Courtesy © Iñaki Bergera

Image Courtesy © Iñaki Bergera

Image Courtesy © Iñaki Bergera

Image Courtesy © Iñaki Bergera

Image Courtesy © ACXT

Image Courtesy © ACXT

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