Swimming Pool, Spa and Balneotherapy Center
Ongoing - Completion 2019
Five pools, SPA, changing rooms, Balneotherapy Center
7 203 sqm
21 M €
Châteauroux’s future aquatic centre is in a low-density former industrial district, on the edge of the Indre Valley looking onto a green, wooded landscape. We based the scheme on the principle of placing the aquatic centre in a central position on the vista of Boulevard de la Valla and raising the concourse entrance level to create outstanding views from the swimming pools hall onto the great wide landscape, to protect privacy and keep the outdoor solariums away from street level below.
The proposed scheme forms an elliptical building with a panoramic view of the meadowlands and the horse race course, and, at one point, it crosses over Boulevard de la Valla, allowing the circulation of vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists to continue along this thoroughfare that connects the city to nature. The concourse of the aquatic centre forms a large ellipse that prolongs the building to the south and the east, then goes down along a gentle, landscaped slope to reach the level of Avenue Jean Macé and connect the aquatic amenity to the existing campus.
Its location in the central part of the site gives it an outstanding urban position and clear visibility, while freeing external spaces in the east for the planted concourse in the west for the tiers of the outdoor solarium.
The swimming pools hall is a spatial continuum that allows special visual relations with the Indre Valley and transparency between the sports spaces, the leisure spaces and the solarium.
Bathed in light, it provides spatial and visual comfort, as well as symbiosis with landscaped outdoor solariums treated as tiered leafy dunes facing south-west. The ceiling has scattered large rounded skylight openings, floating above the pools like glass flying carpets.