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Atlas Tube Centre & WFCU Pools

Lakeshore, ON
Construction Cost: $13.9 million (Canadian)
Area / Square Feet: 25,000
Occupancy Date: July 2016

A retreat from urban life
The WFCU Centre Community Pool is a part of the larger, 100-acre Atlas Tube Centre that provides wellness and cultural facilities for a growing residential population. The aquatic center is designed as a park pavilion, establishing garden courtyards to the east and north, and allows for access to a sun terrace and splash pad to the south. A broad overhang on the east side forms a sheltered public verandah, allowing parents to watch soccer games from a weather-protected patio.

Letting the light in
Providing full panoramic park views of the surrounding fields — while allowing for safe, glare-free natural lighting — led to a building section that pairs perimeter tinted glass with linear skylight slots to provide soft, balanced, gallery-quality light. This quality level is matched with a high-performance acoustic configuration. Corrugated, perforated aluminum wall panels and a slatted cedar ceiling cover high-absorption insulation panels for a calm, quiet pool experience.

Universal inclusion
The new facility is fully accessible. Along with smaller gender-specific change rooms, a central gender-neutral universal change room is fully transparent to the pool deck and entrance corridor. The lap pool and therapy pools feature accessible ramps, while the splash pad is accessed via a zero-depth-entry beach.

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