Regent Park Aquatic Centre / MJMA
Textual content description offered by the architects. Situated in downtown Toronto, Regent Park is Canada’s oldest and largest social housing challenge, constructed within the late 1940’s. The neighborhood has traditionally been considered as a transitional neighborhood for brand spanking new immigrants, however because of social and bodily planning ills, has contributed to the focus of a socially marginalized inhabitants. 41% of the inhabitants residing in Regent Park are underneath 18, and over 70% of the inhabitants lives under the Low-Revenue Minimize-Off Price.
The 12 yr Regent Park Revitalization challenge started in 2005 to redevelop the 69 acre neighborhood to be a vibrant mixed-use mixed-income neighborhood. The Regent Park Aquatic Centre, accomplished in 2012, is the important thing civic amenity centred on the jap flank of the brand new central park improvement as the center of the revitalization.
Regent Park Aquatic Centre has been conceived as a ‘Pavilion within the Park’, very open on the base, and bisected lengthwise by a ‘dorsal fin’ of aquatic corridor sky-lighting. It’s a multi-purpose swimming pool facility that features a 25m, 6-lane pool, leisure pool, tot pool, scorching tub, slide, tarzan-rope, and diving board. Changing an present out of doors pool, the challenge was mandated to seize a sense of transparency and connection to the outside.
The Aquatic Centre is the primary facility in Canada to undertake the singular use of common changerooms, not separating men and women, reasonably widespread changerooms with non-public change cubicles; addressing cultural and gender identification points, whereas additionally enhancing the openness, security, and visibility all through the complicated.
The power additionally has two double sliding glass doorways off the principle pool corridor for sunbathing entry to the park-side terrace. Responding to the views from the brand new high-rise towers surrounding the park, the constructing’s Inexperienced Roof is designed as a fifth elevation, integrating with the constructing options and park setting.
Within the final three many years, Regent Park has change into an immigrant settlement neighborhood. As such, the brand new Aquatic Centre presents a brand new degree of lodging with the addition of a whole system of aquatics corridor screening for these cultural teams all in favour of privateness swims. The adoption of this new progressive function together with the common change rooms, the mix of health, leisure, and therapeutic aquatic makes use of, and the open and alluring design has significantly elevated curiosity within the Metropolis’s aquatic venues.
This challenge typifies the design legacy dedication of the Regent Park revitalization program. The constructing is each sculptural and concrete in its’ decision as a park pavilion in a spiritual city grid. The inside design is clear and easy in its’ decision, open and alluring, and lively and enjoyable in use. This facility offers an vital civic amenity to a as soon as marginalized neighbourhood.