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  7. AISJ Aquatic Center / Flansburgh Architects

AISJ Aquatic Center / Flansburgh Architects

  • 01:00 - 26 March, 2014
AISJ Aquatic Center / Flansburgh Architects
AISJ Aquatic Center / Flansburgh Architects, © Stephen O'Raw
© Stephen O'Raw

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  • Design Firm

    David Croteau, AIA, LEED AP
  • Architect of Record

    GLH & Associates
  • Landscape Architecture

    Uys & White
  • Project Manager

    J M Henrey & Associates
  • Pool Equipment Specialist

    Martin Te Groen MTG Consult
  • Structural Engineer

    WSP Consulting Engineers
  • Quantity Surveyor

    TMS Group
  • Electrical Engineer

    Taemane Consulting Ltd.
  • Construction Cost

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AISJ Aquatic Center / Flansburgh Architects, © Stephen O'Raw
© Stephen O'Raw

Design Challenges:

The challenge was to create an economic covering for a state of the art pool. Johannesburg sits on a plateau known as the “highveld,” 5,000 feet above sea level, with earth rich in iron ore, causing frequent lightning strikes. Although the climate is temperate, night-time temperatures can drop significantly.The new pool was required to be both covered and heated.

Exploded Axonometric
Exploded Axonometric
Floor Plan
Floor Plan

Site Description:

A 58 acre campus located on the northern edge of the greater Johannesburg area, formerly a horse farm, which is reflected in both the architecture of the original buildings and the rural nature of the campus.

© Stephen O'Raw
© Stephen O'Raw

Design Solutions:

Tubular steel framing system minimizes the depth of the steel and incorporates lateral bracing seamlessly into the span. The criss-cross pattern recalls the geometric patterns of native African beadwork and basket weaving.In this way, elegance is brought to something basic.

© Stephen O'Raw
© Stephen O'Raw

Operable louvers modulate daylight and provide protection from the rain. Staggered, corrugated acrylic skylights of a standard panel width create a dramatic, cost-effective solution.

Section Diagrams
Section Diagrams

Fabric panels at each end of the structure modulate the air flow, preventing a wind tunnel effect. The combination of fabric panels, acrylic skylights, and louvers minimize glare, creating a gentle dappled light.The simple palette of white and light gray combined with local stone at the entry simulates an outdoor environment.

© Stephen O'Raw
© Stephen O'Raw

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