Educare Sports Facilities
TEN Arquitectos were commissioned to design a new, multipurpose gymnasium, that could be easily converted for ceremonies and celebrations, a swimming-pool, spaces for exercise, dressing rooms, and restrooms.
The master plan for the Educare Sports Facilities was influenced
by the site's pre-existing structures, an old "adobe" warehouse and
cistern, and the programmatic needs of Educare high school.
The project embraces the site and its history; the swimming pool occupies the void left after the removal of the cistern, the gymnasium was built on the pre-existing foundation.
The gymnasium is clad in white metallic panels that are
automatically activated by climatic changes. Their response to the
elements, to temperature, wind and rain, transforms the building,
as they "breathe" and adjust to current environmental
The upper part of the gymnasium volume is wrapped in a frosted
glass membrane, which together with a dropped ceiling, filter and
control the quality of natural light, reducing significantly the
building's energy usage. The glass box serves as a night light for
the pool and the school's adjacent soccer field.
The swimming pool is located to the south of a glass-block,
bar-building that houses the exercise spaces, dressing rooms, and
restrooms. A series of stone-clad walls define the other three
edges of the pool enclosure, protecting it from strong and dusty
northern winds, while providing additional privacy from people
The glass and aluminum aerobics volume hovers over part of the
pool, visually illustrating how the diverse exercise spaces are
linked programmatically. The various spaces and levels in the
bar-building are linked by an exterior ramp.
Facts about Educare Sports Facilities
Taller de Enrique Norten Arquitectos, SC (TEN Arquitectos)
Ing José Ibarra - Grupo Corey
Colinas de Buen
Ing. Jorge González Bustos - Deltamatic
Last updated: December 19, 2013
Vancouver BC, Canada
Pasadena, California, USA