Fair Swim Center *
The Fair Swim Center is a public swimming pool facility for the City of San Jose Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods.
The main building’s dynamic forms and mix of materials features a spine wall element, designed to maximize the efficiency of the staff, by effectively dividing the building into public and administrative areas but at all locations sliding partitions and glazed openings allow key personnel to maintain visual contact of visitors.
Several methods of construction were integrated, including wood and steel structural framing, concrete block, exposed glu-lam roof beams, wood siding & decking, and stucco. Glazing at both ends takes advantage of San Jose’s temperate climate, with an open Lobby design incorporating tall ceilings and Low-E glazing that captures views of the foothills beyond, maximizes day lighting; natural ventilation with large operable panes along the axis provides visibility into the space and the park beyond for managing security concerns. The interior incorporates all materials from the exterior into a cohesive architectural statement. An open Lobby and Waiting Area with high ceilings look out through tall windows to the pool deck and the foothills beyond.
SIZE: 4,000 SF
LOCATION: San Jose, California
DATE COMPLETED: June 2003
* INDICATES PROJECTS COMPLETED BY STUDIO G ARCHITECTS PRINCIPALS WHILE AT PREVIOUS FIRMS, WHERE PRINCIPALS ARCHITECTS, INC.
WERE PRIMARILY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DESIGN AND/OR MANAGEMENT AND DOCUMENTATION OF THE PROJECT.