Revery Architecture Inc.

Revery Architecture Inc.

Vancouver, BC, CA


Guildford Aquatic Centre

The Guildford Aquatic Centre is an expansion to the existing Guildford Recreation Centre. The new Aquatic Centre is a recreation and therapeutic aquatic destination, providing training opportunities for swimming, water polo, and other aquatic sports as well as the capacity to host competitive swimming events. The unique architectural and urban design features of the aquatic centre provide the community of Guildford with a world class facility.

The design is conceived as a magic box with the pixelated precast concrete exterior acting in tension with the white pearl natatorium interior. The charcoal tones of the precast concrete present an animated facade in symphony with the transparent curtain wall, creating a rhythm of solid and void. The fluidity of the landscape enclosing the building was strategically designed to accommodate the existing slopes of the site, providing desired pedestrian entry points as well as acting as a foil to the rectilinear architectural form. Terraced rain gardens which were composed for storm-water retention help create an ecological habitat as well as providing a water garden, which can be viewed from the interior pool deck. Elevated above the terraced gardens is a meandering pathway which invites the incoming patrons to the main entrance of the building.

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Status: Built
Location: Surrey, BC, CA
Firm Role: Architect
Additional Credits: Associate Architect: SHAPE Architecture