Jefferson Natatorium is a modern high-performance aquatic facility that uses wave form imagery to highlight its function and inspire young swimmers.

Project Name: Jefferson High School Natatorium
Studio Name: Cordogan Clark
Project Size: 30000 ft2
Site Size: 43000 ft2
Completion Date: 2020
Building Levels: 2
Location: Lafayette, IN, United States
Photography: James Steinkamp

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This two-story 29,500 square foot natatorium, an addition to existing Jefferson High School, features a competition pool, diving well, and spectator seating for 450 people. It contains a 25-yard, 8-lane competition pool combined with a diving well with one 3-meter dive board and two 1-meter dive boards. The diving well is separated from the competition pool by a movable bulkhead that holds the competition pool starting platforms. Spectator seating is elevated to a second level, with lockers and showers beneath. The pool is programmed to accommodate dryland training for swimmers; learn-to-swim programs; high school P.E. classes; lifeguard training; masters swimming for adults; scuba training; and kayaking.

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Clerestory and vertical ribbon windows provide the pool and locker rooms generous natural light. Insulated translucent panels soften the daylight and prevent unwanted glare on the water, and screen unwanted views to the interior spaces. A deep roof overhang further prevents direct sun glare on the pool surface.

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The rhythmic 3-dimensional metal panel façade visually reduces the bulk of the building and brings it a human scale. They enliven the façade and are reminiscent of water reflections: shifting appearance in sunlight throughout the day, expressing the aquatic activities inside.

©James Steinkamp

The wave-form entrance canopy also plays on the aquatic theme while highlighting the main entrance. The Lafayette School Corporation’s new Jefferson Natatorium creates a striking visual statement that makes it an easily identifiable landmark.

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