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Municipal Pools of Povoação / Barbosa & Guimarães

  • 01:00 - 21 February, 2011
Municipal Pools of Povoação / Barbosa & Guimarães
Municipal Pools of Povoação / Barbosa & Guimarães, © João Ferrand
© João Ferrand
  • Architects

  • Location

    Povoacao, Portugal
  • Architects

    Barbosa & Guimarães / José António Barbosa & Pedro Lopes Guimarães
  • Project Direction

    Tolda Abreu, João Ribeiro
  • Collaboration

    Miguel Pimenta, Paula Fonseca, José Marques, Henrique Dias, Marta Horta, Luís Monteiro, Amandine Evrard
  • Structural Engineering

    Época / António Martins
  • Electrical Engineering

    rga / Paulo Oliveira
  • Mechanical Engineering

    rga / Pedro Albuquerque
  • Hydraulic Engineering

    dhv / Dias da Costa
  • Contractor

    Irmãos Cavaco
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

© João Ferrand © João Ferrand © João Ferrand © João Ferrand +17

From the architect. The village of Povoação is located on the Archipelago of the Azores, on the southern edge of the island of S. Miguel. Protected from the sea by a slope, the building is going to occupy a plot comprised of a flat, rectangular platform already prepared and used by the Municipal Council for other outdoor sports activities. This platform was achieved by «sacrificing» the slope, imposing a cut that distorts its natural volume.

© João Ferrand
© João Ferrand

The project takes advantage of the existing cut to construct the building along its length, seeking a «fusion» between the new construction and the surrounding landscape. Its volume is fragmented and «runs», forming masses of black basalt, which correspond to the various functional groups of the programme.

© João Ferrand
© João Ferrand

The coverings are «contaminated» by the green of the surrounding fields, punctuated by skylights, which ensure natural lighting of the interior spaces. A square of basalt gives physical support to the building, defining courses and accesses around an Araucaria, whose verticality and symbolic load announce and upgrade this new public space.

© João Ferrand
© João Ferrand

Inside, the programme is organised from the competition and training tanks, maintaining basalt as the dominant element in the entire composition.

© João Ferrand
© João Ferrand

On the upper floor, an outdoor esplanade supporting the bar looks out to sea.

© João Ferrand
© João Ferrand
Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Municipal Pools of Povoação / Barbosa & Guimarães" 21 Feb 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/112934/municipal-pools-of-povoacao-barbosa-guimaraes/>