ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI, USA
STUDIO: ARCH 311, Prof. Iain Frasier, Fall 2012
PROGRAM: A public pool/bath/spa/community center in downtown St. Louis. Project duration: one semester.
Situated in downtown St. Louis on a large, empty lot along the Mississippi River, the project acts as a bridge between the largely vacant riverfront and the city’s existing urban communities. As much a community center as a public pool, the building is designed to accommodate several core programmatic elements: swimming, community/event space, an indoor-outdoor bar/cafe, and recreational green space. The lower level includes a regulation size pool for laps and exercise as well as a second pool for organized activities such as water polo. On the second floor, a third pool positioned alongside the bar/cafe is designed as a social space for both day and night use. A system of structural steel beams, reinforced concrete columns, and load-bearing concrete piers allow for much of the building’s enclosure to be glazed. The glazing helps maximize the building’s natural light, as well as establish a more open, transparent connection with the surrounding city.