The building is located in an area of difficult geological, topographical and accessibility conditions. The choice of this location, near the city park, the outdoor swimming pools, the sports hall and schools, aims to create a center of educational activities capable of producing a momentum for the consolidation and upgrading of the urban environment of this part of the city.

Project: Tabuaço Municipal Swimming Pool
Design Agency: Topos Atelier de Arquitectura, Lda
Location: Tabuaço
Country: Portugal
Architects: Jean Pierre Porcher, Margarida Oliveira and Albino Freitas
Collaborators: Sofia Lima, Michael Ferreira, Luís Peixoto
Program: Competition pool with 25m and learning pool with 12m
Area: 2059 m2
Photo Credits: Jean Pierre Porcher, Juan Rodríguez
Design / Completion Date: 2003/2008

Tabuaço Municipal Swimming Pool By Topos Atelier de Arquitectura - Sheet2
©Jean Pierre Porcher, Juan Rodríguez

For the viability of the terrain, it was necessary to design a new route that by continuing the existing fabric, will fix part of the urban expansion around the existing core.

Tabuaço Municipal Swimming Pool By Topos Atelier de Arquitectura - Sheet3
©Jean Pierre Porcher, Juan Rodríguez

The first sketches, as opposed to a distortion of the slopes by the existing construction, pointed to the need to create a building integrated, simple, monolithic, ‘snapped’ to the slope and totally oriented to the landscape.

©Jean Pierre Porcher, Juan Rodríguez

Developing the project on this concept, the design showed two possible “compositions” – the axis of access and entry to the building that, dipping trough the ramp or the stairs, still offers a perspective of a rural landscape; and the axis of the valley, parallel to the slope that opens on a vast landscape, seen through the building from the access square and trough the pool’s main building.


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