Aquatic Centre for Southamerican Games / Paisajes Emergentes

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Architects: Paisajes Emergentes / Edgar Mazo, Sebastian Mejia, Luis Callejas
Location: , Colombia
Landscape design: + Andres Ospina Duque
Coordination: Farid Maya
Collaborators: Juanita González, Eliana Beltrán, Sebastián Betancur, Andrés Zapata, Clara Arango and Adriana Tamayo
Project Collaborators: Farid Maya, Sebastián Monsalve, Luis Tobón, Iván Forgionni, Juan Sebastián Pérez, Andrés Zapata, Sebastián Serna, Juan Esteban Gómez, Érica Martínez and Aura Cuartas
Structural engineering: Jorge Aristizabal
Client: Medellín Mayor’s office, Inder, Coldeportes
Project Area: 16,000 sqm
Budget: US $10,000,000
Project Year: 2009-2010
Photographs: Iwan Baan

general plan

The new aquatic centre asked to meet the needs of future competitions as well as the availability as a new swimming teaching facility and public pools.

flood render
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The project is articulated by a system of garden through which the four pools are connected. A flooded landscape planted with species typical of tropical wetlands provides separation of private and public spaces.

© Iwan Baan

The program required a complex system of bathrooms and changing rooms for swimmers and the public, All this areas are beneath the aquatic gardens. A set of courtyards below ground level give natural illumination to them and provide a meeting space and warm up area for competitors and swimers.

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Cite: "Aquatic Centre for Southamerican Games / Paisajes Emergentes" 30 Sep 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 23 May 2015. <>
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  • seth

    Its interesting to see the translation of the project from representation to built form. The representation is so affective, sensual, and spatial..the pictures nullify these attributes.

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  • Nico

    AWESOME!.. Simple yet beautiful!, small details all over the project. It’s a shame though, that the “flooding” pools were not developed and I’m almost sure they were what made this project win. Anyways, Good job!! VIVA COLOMBIA!

  • Tanasak

    Why there are many Direction of the swimming pools?

    • sullka

      Why not?

      Unlike most outdoor sports, swimming shouldn’t be affected by the sun orientation. I might be wrong though, but I don’t think that’s the case.

      I like it, but I don’t get the “flooding landscape”….seems like the main idea of the project but it’s not built.

      Or maybe the flooding part was mostly rethoric, and not to be taken literally.

      • kelly

        I to don’t completely get the “flooding landscape”, or understand the idea of why it wasn’t built.
        I do however love that they used a garden system to connect the four pools together, as I’m sure this would be beautiful since Columbia is such a tropical climate. Changing rooms, bathrooms, and competitors warm up area beneath the aquatic garden is great use of space.

  • simon

    me impresiona como los renders venden una idea de un proyecto y luego lo ves construido y ni se asemejan a la realidad. el proyecto esta bien y le he hecho seguimiento pero al verlo ahora donde quedan esas imagenes q nos vendieron el proyecto, lo minimo q uno espera es verlas hechas realidad

  • David Basulto

    congratulations to Colombia’s finest :)

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