CLIENT: Helios Swimming Center
SERVICES: Architecture, Structure and MEP engineering projects, Interior design, Graphic design and Wayfinding design, Site Supervision
The new building plays a key role within the Helios sports and leisure centre, working as an extension to the dressing rooms facilities and connecting an existing sports building.
Open and easy movement with a functional layout based on privacy: the more public areas are located on the ground floor (cafeteria, multipurpose space, reading room, social room), whereas the more private ones are on the upper floors: gym and spa and paddle tennis courts on the roof, thus restoring the open space occupied by the building.
The separation between the inner and outer spaces is attenuated using a curtain wall system, turning the lush vegetation into the real enclosure of the building. Two cantilevered concrete slabs and a movable shutter system provides protection from direct sunlight.