Pool for RIAS/Scottish Sports Council, Scotland
consists of a permanent pavilion-like building combined with a highly
adaptable and flexible pneumatic structure tied to it. The air filled
structure is a double layer of translucent fabric laminate to combat snow
and wind loadings. Transparent and translucent membrane skins as the outer
envelope are zipped into place, which can be easily removed allowing the
option of an open air pool when desired. Additionally, the whole structure
can be deflated and relocated to any other site.
caused by condensation is eliminated by using non-ferrous materials as the
main structure. The design conserves energy by using less material which
means that there has been less energy expended and thus less resultant
pollution on the planet to make it. Transparency and translucency allows
the building to gain from passive solar heat and also requires less
artificial light. Glare is controlled by translucent panels. The lightness
of material gives a sense of gentility to the building and allows it to
billow in the breeze.
"Ultimate flexibility characterises
this design. A glazed entrance pavilion can rotate around the circular
changing room block, its exact position relating to site. The swimming
pools are then covered with a pneumatic tube structure which incorporates
zip-up transparent panels for passive solar gain. The pneumatic structure
can be any shape and any size". Building Design, February 28, 1992.
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