"Another distinctive element is the use of light. At the juncture delineating the family and recreational area to the west and the competition area to the east, a series of Y-shaped structural columns support a six-meter-wide skylight. The shifting sun casts patterns on the Barrisol screen, offering a textural element that helps mitigate any sense of sterility in the super white environment. The textile like feel of the material, as well as the humidity resistant large-scale tegular acoustic paneling system help to reduce noise and glare.
The entire building is effectively a tabula rosa, a screen reflecting the surrounding environment, and at night it's interior illumination - especially it's suspended LED lighting - transforms it into an architectural lantern."
Project: University of British Columbia Aquatic Centre, Vancouver
Architects: MJMA with Acton Ostry Architects
Structural: Equilibrium Consulting Inc
Mechanical: Ame Consulting Group
Electrical: Applied Engineering Solutions
Contractor: Heatherbrae Builders
Barrisol Installation: Barrisol BC
Magazine Article written by Hadani Ditmars
Photo: Emma Peter
Magazine: Canadian Architecture - August 2018 issue