Erginoglu & Çal??lar Architecture’s proposal for an indoor swimming pool at
Koç Primary School in Istanbul. This project has been shortlisted for an award at this year’s World Architecture Festival, which will take place in Singapore from 3-5 October.
Considerably distant from the city centre, the Koç School sprawled across its property without a master plan over time and thus was faced with the consequences of this expansion. Envisaged as the focal point of the campus, the pool building is designed as a pacesetter for the quality of future buildings and thus strives to contribute towards the architectural development of the campus.
As the first building to be perceived from the new entrance axis of the campus, the building also neighbors the existing outdoor sports areas. In order not to compete with the surrounding buildings in terms of height, the pool building is partly embedded in the ground and is connected to the landscape on all four sides with a green, sloped roof. While the inverted dome attached to the dome structure offers a green tribune area to the outdoor sports areas, it is simultaneously perceived as an art object that strengthens the landscape with its reflective exterior.
The design is distinct from the neighboring buildings particularly due to its strong expression. It has been conceived as the first building/object to be perceived upon entering the campus through the new junction at the school’s highway entrance, thus bringing an added value to the overall appearance of the campus.