Natatorio / Fuster + Partners Architects

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Architect: FUSTER + Partners Architects
Location: Mayagüez,
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).
Starting date: dec. 2007; Completion date: Feb. 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of FUSTER + Partners Architects


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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.

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• 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.
• 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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• 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.
• 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.

north elevation

• The typography for the ‘Natatorio’ logo was designed as part of the project.
• Exposed concrete surfaces with different patterns where used in order to control costs and minimize maintenance.
• As a future phase, the public seating roof will be incorporated as well as its integrated lighting system.

second floor plan

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Cite: "Natatorio / Fuster + Partners Architects" 11 Jan 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 27 May 2015. <>
  • CAVP

    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.

  • h.a.

    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

  • Mara

    its like nikee or roobok sneakers :)

    • phrank gerree

      HAHA! why was this comment down-voted?

    • H.A.

      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

  • isla

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

  • Marco Aurelio

    Este proyecto es guai. Este proyecto mola mazo.

  • Sudar Khadka

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

    • Ignorant

      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.

      • Sudar Khadka

        I was not making an observation about this design. I think its good actually, but it is not something i would expect from FOSTER. If it were FOSTER that did this design, it would represent a shift in their “style” or sensibility. So I was happy that that was not the case. There is no connection between FOSTER and FUSTER besides the name similarity, and im glad about that.

        Did that clarify my comment Mr/Ms.Ignorant?

  • Pichon

    hahahahha LMAO on the name of the firm.