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.
AISJ New Aquatics Center in Johannesburg, South Africa by Flansburgh Architects
April 9th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Flansburgh Architects
The challenge was to create an economic covering for a state-of-the-art pool. Johannesburg sits on a plateau known as the “highveld,” 5,000 feet above sea level, with earth rich in iron ore, causing frequent lightning strikes. Although the climate is temperate, night-time temperatures can drop significantly. The new pool was required to be both covered and heated.
A 58-acre campus located on the northern edge of the greater Johannesburg area, formerly a horse farm, which is reflected in both the architecture of the original buildings and the rural nature of the campus.
Tubular steel framing system minimizes the depth of the steel and incorporates lateral bracing seamlessly into the span. The criss-cross pattern recalls the geometric patterns of native African beadwork and basket weaving. In this way, elegance is brought to something basic.
Operable louvers modulate daylight and provide protection from the rain. Staggered, corrugated acrylic skylights of a standard panel width create a dramatic, cost-effective solution.
Fabric panels at each end of the structure modulate the air flow, preventing a wind tunnel effect. The combination of fabric panels, acrylic skylights, and louvers minimize glare, creating a gentle dappled light. The simple palette of white and light gray combined with local stone at the entry simulates an outdoor environment.
Original or Adaptation: The design is original.
Sustainable Design Elements: Solar hot water, rainwater catchment for irrigation, natural ventilation, daylighting
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