Tabuaço Municipal Pools / Topos Atelier de Arquitectura

© Xavier Antunes

Architects: Topos Atelier de Arquitectur / Jean Pierre Porcher, Margarida Oliveira and Albino Freitas
Location: ,
Collaborators: Sofia Lima, Michael Ferreira, Luís Peixoto
Project Year: 2008
Project Area: 2,059 sqm
Photographs: Xavier Antunes

The building is located in an area of difficult geological, topographical and accessibility conditions. The choice of this location, near the city park, the outdoor swimming pools, the sports hall and schools, aims to create a center of educational activities capable of producing a momentum for the consolidation and upgrading of the urban environment of this part of the city. For the viability of the terrain, it was necessary to design a new route that by continuing the existing fabric, will fix part of the urban expansion around the existing core.

Site Plan

The first sketches, as opposed to a distortion of the slopes by the existing construction, pointed to the need to create a building integrated, simple, monolithic, ‘snapped’ to the slope and totally oriented to the landscape.

© Xavier Antunes

Developing the project on this concept, the design showed two possible “compositions” – the axis of access and entry to the building that, dipping trough the ramp or the stairs, still offers a perspective of a rural landscape; and the axis of the valley, parallel to the slope that opens on a vast landscape, seen through the building from the access square and trough the pool’s main building.

© Xavier Antunes

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Cite: "Tabuaço Municipal Pools / Topos Atelier de Arquitectura" 30 Nov 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 30 May 2015. <>
  • unpopular

    you say debt crisis, i say solid marble reception desk…

  • asvb

    Portuguese here.
    While I have to admit that a marble reception desk may be a bit out of place in a public swimming pool i can assure you that some types of marble are quite cheap. And those reception desks are not “solid marble” as someone commented here. You can do them in bricks or whatever and finish them with thin marble plates. Not the cheapest solution but not that luxurious or sumptuous as implied.
    I have used marble in office spaces integrated in industrial buildings as a mean to add noble feeling to the space because it seems expensive but in reality it is not (and fortunately some clients are not aware of it).
    By the way: I hate marble. lol
    and i truly resent the laisser-faire attitude of people and institutions, both public and private, and the amount of bad decisions that led to the huge debt and current economic/social crisis.

  • bistros

    That’s being demagogic.
    I bet the funky shape and the voids cost a lot more than a marble desk.
    Not to mention those retaining walls and the landfills and excavations due to building in a slope…