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National City Aquatic Center / Safdie Rabines Architects

National City Aquatic Center / Safdie Rabines Architects

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National City, United States
  • Construction Manager: Project Professionals Corporation
  • Structural Engineer: Orie2 Engineering
  • Mep: BSE Engineering, Inc
  • Civil Engineer: Cvaldo Corporation
  • Landscape Architect: Marcie Harris Landscape Architecture
  • Owner: Port of San Diego
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Text description provided by the architects. Located fifteen miles north of the U.S./Mexico border in southern San Diego County, CA, the single-story, two-structure center marks the realization of National City’s long-term goal to replace a makeshift facility housed in trailers for over a decade.

© Darren Bradley
© Darren Bradley

Sited on a scarce section of accessible coastland owned by the Port of San Diego, the 5,500 square-foot complex is positioned on the southern edge of a 5½-acre public park, where it complements the coastline just inside the mouth of the Sweetwater River Channel as it flows into San Diego Bay. Designed to facilitate recreational and educational services for the community, the new center is a key civic amenity and contemporary landmark with unobstructed views towards protected wetlands, San Diego Bay and beyond.

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© Mike Torrey

The center’s easternmost structure contains a large gathering and educational space beneath a faceted, flying roof. Perched atop its base of glass walls, the roof appears to float as kite gliding into the air, creating a fluid dynamic for its larger counterpart to the west. Inside, the geometries of a saw tooth ceiling are emphasized with maple-shaded laminate layered on micro-perforated aluminum. Carpet in ocean shades of teal, turquoise and aqua blues laid in a sunburst pattern accentuates the dimension of the space. Gull-shaped decals applied as bird strike prevention measures cast playful shadows that 'fly’ through the room as the sun travels across the sky.

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© Mike Torrey
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© Mike Torrey

Directly to the west, the center’s offices are housed in a 650 square-foot glass box enclosed with 4-foot intermittently-operable windows. The box introduces a large white, concrete block structure used for boat and equipment storage, locker rooms, showers and restrooms. With outward protruding angles and porthole-like rectangular window apertures, the ship-like edifice ‘flows’ up-channel in the wake of the kite structure that leads it. Separate yet unified, the two buildings are enclosed and coalesced with custom galvanized steel gates clad with luminous acrylic resin panels.

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Address: United States, Goesno Pl, National City, CA 91950, USA

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Cite: " National City Aquatic Center / Safdie Rabines Architects" 11 May 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/787150/national-city-aquatic-center-safdie-rabines-architects/> ISSN 0719-8884
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