This project is a sports complex comprising two heated indoor pools as well as several gyms and multipurpose rooms. The aim was to facilitate access to sporting activities for the residents of Tacoronte, a small town in the north of the island of Tenerife. The plot is steeply sloped, with a drop of over eight meters, and offers a broad panoramic view over the surrounding landscape. The building was constructed using two reinforced-concrete walls built along the main slope; distributed perpendicularly to these walls, a spatial sequence develops that alternates light-filled spaces with unlit voids.
The main entrance is situated at the upper part of the plot and leads to the building’s “inhabited rooftop”. A structural system using deep lattice girders creates bays that can then be occupied with exercise rooms, which alternate with the skylights that illuminate the pool area from above.
The pools are located in a diaphanous space on the lower level that is completely open to the surrounding landscape, which can be enjoyed through the glass façade that dominates the north side of the building. A series of skylights ensure uniform distribution over the pools’ surfaces of the natural lighting entering the hall from above. The link created between the topographical features of the plot and the spatial configuration of the complex heightens its uniqueness as a public building in an otherwise unrelated environment, which includes industrial complexes and farmland in the immediate surroundings, and converts the sports complex into a local landmark.Location: Tacoronte, Spain
Architect: GPY Arquitectos
Award: World Architecture Festival 2011 – Shortlisted
Photos: Joaquín Ponce de León