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Natatorio / Fuster + Partners Architects

  • 01:00 - 11 January, 2012
Natatorio / Fuster + Partners Architects
Natatorio / Fuster + Partners Architects, Courtesy of  fuster + partners architects
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Mayagüez, Puerto Rico
  • Project Team

    Nataniel Fúster, George S. Stewart, Heather Crichfield, Sadie Winslow, Eric Barrios, Carlos Córdoba; Juan Ayguabibas, consultant
  • Owner

    AFI (Autoridad del Financiamiento de la Infraestructura).
  • Project Year

    2010

From the architect. The design of this facility follows the following premises:

• The design houses three main pools (swimming/polo, diving/synchronized swimming and practice/warm-up) that, against convention, were arranged separately from each other to gain functional and spatial autonomy. Circulation paths mediate between the landscaping and the sports areas unifying the pool areas. The circulation sequences are enhanced by interior patios that double as gathering areas.

second floor plan
second floor plan

• The compact and contained layout of the main building maximizes green spaces. Most of the existing trees where saved and incorporated into the project. Also, in section the building follows pre-existing contour levels in order to minimize its visual impact. Additional seating areas are resolved in section using an earth berm covered with grass. Natural lighting and ventilation is present in all principal spaces.

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• A gallery runs from north to south serving as an access the top portion of the grass-covered berm. It is partly perforated with windows whose shape derives from the forms of the RUM (Recinto Universitario de Mayagüez) institutional logo.

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Courtesy of fuster + partners architects

• A blank wall with cantilevered diving platforms enhances the scenographic and performative aspects of the diving competition. Therefore, stairs and access areas are hidden behind the diving wall in order to focus the spectators’ attention solely on the diving exercises.

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Courtesy of fuster + partners architects

• Vertical skylights double as air chimneys that allow the hot air to escape the main spaces via opened fixed aluminum jalousies. These skylights also articulate entrance areas as well as defining hierarchical spaces.

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Courtesy of fuster + partners architects

• The typography for the ‘Natatorio’ logo was designed as part of the project.

north elevation
north elevation

• Exposed concrete surfaces with different patterns where used in order to control costs and minimize maintenance.

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Courtesy of fuster + partners architects

• As a future phase, the public seating roof will be incorporated as well as its integrated lighting system.

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19 Comments

CordobArquitectos · January 17, 2012

Natatorio / Fuster + Partners Architects http://t.co/AYFHqGVQ vía @archdaily #Arquitectura #Architecture

Franz Spitaler · January 16, 2012

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Pichon · January 13, 2012

hahahahha LMAO on the name of the firm.

Manuel Balleto · January 13, 2012

Natatorio / Fuster + Partners Architects http://t.co/UHZJ5mQH interesante propuesta de #piscina descubierta @ManuelBalleto

Manuel Balleto · January 13, 2012

“@bm2sport: Natatorio / Fuster + Partners Architects http://t.co/IreF2iU5 interesante propuesta de #piscina descubierta @JoseFdoMunoz

bm2sport · January 13, 2012

Natatorio / Fuster + Partners Architects http://t.co/UHZJ5mQH interesante propuesta de #piscina descubierta @ManuelBalleto

Sudar Khadka · January 13, 2012

Glad to know its not by FOSTER and Partners, because it would be a really disappointing if it were

Ignorant · February 02, 2012 04:59 AM

Why would you be disappointed? What's your argument behind your opinion? I get that the name is deceiving and a straight copy, but why such an incompetent comment. What valid observations have you analyzed between "FOSTER and Partners" and "Fuster + Partners Architects" to construct such conclusion? It's just like the projects that are posted without floor plans or sections. Your comment has no backbone.

Boughton Butler · January 13, 2012

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TWT PARTNERS · January 13, 2012

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Zenairee Garcia · January 13, 2012

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Santi Maggio Savasta · January 13, 2012

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J Rodriguez · January 12, 2012

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Marco Aurelio · January 12, 2012

Este proyecto es guai. Este proyecto mola mazo.

isla · January 12, 2012

que lindo proyecto, bien solucionado y elegante, poderosa arquitectura universal con aspectos locales, bien por puerto rico CAVP!

Jasem Nadoum · January 12, 2012

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Mara · January 12, 2012

fuster+partners?
its like nikee or roobok sneakers :)

H.A. · January 12, 2012 08:44 PM

fuster is actually a very common name in spanish speaking countries, but you´re right, they´ve done their best to ape FAP name. nice project though

phrank gerree · January 12, 2012 08:33 PM

HAHA! why was this comment down-voted?

h.a. · January 12, 2012

pues mucho ánimo y a luchar por cambiar las cosas. en otros paises de latinoamerica ya estan liderando la arquitectura mundial, asique es vuestro momento! un saludo

Travel Writer · January 12, 2012

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CAVP · January 12, 2012

Aunque las opiniones sean positivas o negativas, quiero decir que es un orgullo ver arquitectura de Puerto Rico por puertorriqueños publicada en archdaily. Tenemos uno de los mejores climas para demostrar la capacidad de crear hermosos proyectos de arquitectura y lo estamos echando a perder.

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