University of British Columbia, Aquatic Centre

Vancouver, British Columbia

The University of British Columbia Aquatic Centre varsity and high-performance competition venue provides athletes with an Olympic-level training facility and addresses the community aquatic needs of the burgeoning student and family populations on campus. The siting of the project will create a new pedestrian precinct that connects existing athletic venues and a new ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED FIRMActon Ostry Architects (AOA)CAPACITY927COST PER SQ FT$393.56CITATIONWork in Progress CitationFEATURED IN2015 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYWork in Progress field.

The project includes a 51-meter FINA basin, a 25-meter diving well with moveable floor and a warm water leisure basin. The plan is divided north-south into four “program bars:” change rooms, community aquatics, competition aquatics and bleachers.

The requirement to co-program elite-level training and competitions with daily community use led to a two-sided pool hall divided by “Y-shaped” columns and a continuous skylight bisecting the building. A translucent screen creates a luminous barrier between the two spaces, reflecting abundant sunlight into the “leisure” side, while providing the required controlled and balanced light into the “competitive” side.