Having completed more than twelve public Aquatics Centers across Canada in the past decade, Hughes Condon Marler Architects has developed significant architectural expertise in the design of pools without having ever defaulted to a repetitive aesthetic. POOLS traces the evolution of those ideas beginning at Eileen Dailly Leisure Pool all the way through to current projects being developed in Surrey, BC. Through orthographic drawings, diagrams, professional photography and editorial text the strategies employed in each project are clearly illustrated.
Editorial direction by Trevor Boddy examines seven completed Aquatics Centers and delves into the design process of one building that is currently under development in order to bring to light the origin and evolution of ideas that have become HCMA’s architectural ethos.
Pools: Aquatic Architecture showcases nine of HCMA’s most innovative facilities, its explanatory texts and 268 photographs, drawings, and diagrams make this the definitive book on the design of public swimming pools. Ranging from small neighbourhood facilities to destination multi-sports complexes for the Olympic Games, the nine aquatic buildings shown here document the evolution of contemporary design thinking for this building type. This 180 page book is an unrivaled source for information on pool design, from their social ambitions to their construction features. Each example of aquatic architecture is explained in non-technical language, and with its inspiring photography and lucid drawings, the book will be of interest to casual swimmers, as well as recreation officials, parks managers, architects, engineers and fans of leading edge design. Edited by Vancouver architecture critic Trevor Boddy, the book features an Introduction and critical essays by him, plus a Foreword by pools pioneer Ron Keenberg of IKOY Architects.