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Angular white roof covers MJMA’s glazed aquatic centre in Vancouver

Angular white roof covers MJMA's glazed aquatic centre in Vancouver

  • Canadian firm MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects has completed a swimming centre for the University of British Columbia, which is surrounded by fritted glass and topped with a dramatic white roof.
  • Toronto-based MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects (MJMA) developed the structure with local firm Acton Ostry Architects.
  • Among the various swimming zones is a central competition pool measuring 164 feet (50 metres) long with spectator seating.
  • MJMA was founded in 1988 by John MacLennan, Viktors Jaunkalns and David Miller.
  • Photography is by Ema story Saucier + Perrotte designs iceberg-like Montreal sports complex with orange credits: – Project team – MJMA: Ted Watson, Viktors Jaunkalns, Andrew Filarski, Robert Allen, David Miller, Troy Wright, Ricardo Duque, Tarisha Dolyniuk, Darlene Montgomery, Aida Vatany, Kristin Beites, Danielle Lam-Kulczak, Janice Lee, Luis Arrendondo, Timothy…

Canadian firm MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects has completed a swimming centre for the University of British Columbia with a dramatic white roof.

Canadian firm MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects has completed a swimming centre for the University of British Columbia, which is surrounded by fritted glass and topped with a dramatic white roof.

The multi-use Aquatic Centre was designed for both elite-level swimming and daily community use in Vancouver. Amenities for Olympic training, community access, students at University of British Columbia (UBC) are incorporated into the project.

Toronto-based MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects (MJMA) developed the structure with local firm Acton Ostry Architects.

The single-storey building has a square plan measuring 85,000 square feet (25,908 square metres), and is wrapped with fritted glazing across three elevations to bring sunlight inside.

The layout is divided into four sections: changing rooms, community aquatics, competition aquatics, and spectator bleachers.

Upon entering through a reception and lobby area is a narrow corridor along one of the facades, lined in floor-to-ceiling windows. A geometric pattern of tiny blue squares covers the glazed surface.

Attached to this concourse are various changing rooms with showers and bathrooms, while administration offices are located nearby.

The whole interior features bright white walls and floors, which enhance the turquoise hues of the pool designs.

The main swimming area is divided into two sides with Y-shaped columns and a translucent screen. A continuous…

Angular white roof covers MJMA’s glazed aquatic centre in Vancouver

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