Facilities of Merit 2017: Aqua Sports & Spa

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Aqua Sports & Spa

Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, CA 2017
Year in Showcase: 2017

Project Description

Aqua Sports & Spa represents a modern reinvention of the traditional Japanese bathhouse, providing facilities and programs specifically designed to maintain health and foster community. Bathing holds reverential cultural significance in Japan, and the design intent for this new modern spa was to create a space and water vessel so beautiful and dramatic that the experience of entering it would elicit a similar spiritual response.

Club functions are separated into sports and social spaces. Each space is housed separately in white or gray concrete volumes that vary in scale according to their function. These volumes are carefully articulated with windows scaled to the spaces within. The large pool volume is raised adjacent to an elevated sidewalk. Enormous windows allow both swimmers and passing pedestrians to visually engage each other, blurring the traditional boundary of private and public space.

The lounge is perched on top of the smaller entry volume, oriented to take in views at both ends. The centerpiece is a pavilion of wood slats floating within this transparent volume, reminiscent of Japanese temples but undeniably modern. Designed in a striking minimalist aesthetic, the new building echoes an ancient calmness in opposition to the frenetic context of urban Tokyo.

Judge's Comments

"Quality spaces to exercise, swim and lose oneself from the fast-paced world." — Troy Sherrard

"A simple and restrained site solution, architecturally responsive to surrounding context in scale and materiality. Subtle interplay of interior materials elevates the facility." — Stephen Sefton

"The exterior design is simple and evokes a peacefulness that is associated with a soothing spa. Simplicity is difficult achieve. Mission accomplished." — Kalman Nagy

Aqua Sports & Spa

Project Details

Architect: COE Architecture International
Construction Cost: $20,000,000
Square Feet: 60,000
Occupancy: June 2016

Fitness Center - Cardiovascular Equipment: Life Fitness

Fitness Center - Entertainment Systems: Panasonic

Fitness Center - Flooring, Aerobics: Tarkett Sports

Fitness Center - Flooring, Fitness Center: Tarkett Sports

Fitness Center - Free-Weight Equipment: Life Fitness

Fitness Center - Strength Equipment: Life Fitness

Laundry - Dryers: Maristo, Japan

Outdoor Facilities/Stadiums - Windscreens: Risu Kogyo Co., Japan

Pools - Deck/Basin Surface: Maristo, Japan

Pools - Gutters: Risu Kogyo Co., Japan

Pools - Ladders/Grab Bars: Risu Kogyo Co., Japan

Pools - Lane Markers: Risu Kogyo Co., Japan

Pools - Scoreboard/Timing Systems: Risu Kogyo Co., Japan

Pools - Starting Blocks: Risu Kogyo Co., Japan

Pools - Water Play Features: Risu Kogyo Co., Japan

Architect Of Record

COE Architecture International
Los Angeles, CA

Associate Architect

Design Architect

COE Architecture International
Los Angeles, CA

Aquatic Engineer

Tokyu Construction Company
Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Landscape Architect

SOLA Associates
Minato-ku, Tokyo

Interior Designer

ILYA Corporation
Minato-ku, Tokyo

Lighting Designer

SOLA Associates
Minato-ku, Tokyo