Natural pool scoops architectural award

Friday, 24 May, 2019

Natural pool scoops architectural award

One year after opening, Canada's first chemical-free public outdoor pool has been recognised with the Innovation in Architecture award from the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC).

According to the RAIC website, the challenge was to create a large-scale pool with high-quality water control while also achieving an environmentally healthy and natural filtration process. The design process began with developing a pool technology that cleanses the water through stone, gravel, sand and botanic filtering processes. Filtration is achieved in two ways: through a biological mechanical system or the constructed wetland and gravel filter, and in-situ with zooplankton.

It is an unsterilised, chemical- and disinfectant-free filtering system in which isolating membranes contain the water as it circulates and is cleansed through a natural process. The filtering processes inspired a materials-oriented concept for the change room facility, with gabion basket stone walls, made of locally sourced limestone and steel that visually evokes the idea of filtration

A lid-like flat roof on the low rectilinear building frames the tree canopy of the park beyond and enhances the sensation of open-sky spaciousness in the pool precinct.

In awarding the project, the jury said, "We have here a clear example in which technical innovation is serving the fabrication of an architecture that, ultimately, transcends it."

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