Three civic entities packaged in one design presents opportunities to both unite and differentiate.
In the case of the facility's YMCA component, and its aquatics center in particular, designers at MJMA varied the amount of open space over adjacent water volumes and added the extra touch of 1,700 square feet of tile mosaic over the teaching pool. Composed of square-inch Kolorines® custom glass tiles and applied to a suspended cement-board substrate as square-foot paper-faced sheets, the mosaic complements the low ceiling height to create a mirror image of the water basin below — an effect further emphasized by the tiles' myriad hues of iridescent blue. "While we wanted to keep the color scheme sort of consistent as a singular building, each component has a moment where there's an individual color that pops, and the YMCA's was this moment at the pool," says MJMA partner Rob Allen, adding that while the firm has extensive experience with tiled pool decks and walls, the ceiling represented a first. "It turned out to be kind of punchy and powerful."
This article originally appeared in the October 2019 issue of Athletic Business with the title "Tiled ceiling puts splash of color directly above water." Athletic Business is a free magazine for professionals in the athletic, fitness and recreation industry. Click here to subscribe.