The University of British Columbia Aquatic Centre will replace the indoor and outdoor pools at the centre of the UBC campus. A unique hybrid program organizes the plan, allowing for Olympic level training, and at the same time, providing for continuous community and UBC student use. The siting of the project will create a new pedestrian precinct, connecting existing athletic venues and a new outdoor field.
The 85,000 sf program includes a 51m FINA basin, a 25m diving well with moveable floor and warm water leisure basin. The plan is divided north-south into 4 ‘program bars’: change rooms, community aquatics, competition aquatics, and bleachers.
The requirement to co-program elite level training & competitions with daily community use led to a 2-sided pool hall divided by ‘Y’ shaped columns and a continuous skylight bisecting the building. In section, 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.