2011 Lieutenant Governor’s Award of Merit for Excellence in Architecture Winner

aanb_l1Dieppe Aquatic and Sports Centre

Architecture 2000 Inc.

The project was designed as a simple and joyful element that expressed the concept of recreational activity while being efficient and welcoming. It includes a 6 lane 25 meter pool for competitions, a two lain warm-up pool and a family pool with hydro jets, slides, pirate ship, etc. Supporting facilities also include, a lounge, party room and administrative offices.

aanb_l2The architectural treatment is at once simple and striking with the use of colours and materials. Natural light floods the activity spaces and materials are chosen to enhance the quality of the users’ experience while being very conscious of the corrosive environment created by the pool. Special care was taken in planning the access and the landscaping lakes are designed to handle all surface water on site and use the retention ponds as integral features of the design.

aanb_l3The Dieppe Aquatic Centre and its simple overall form create a very striking image and identity which is emphasized by a play of diagonal lines, bubble round windows, colours and materials. Its large glazed areas contrast with the playful solids to give it a strong identity which is at the same time warm and welcoming. It has become a powerful image and illustration of the strength and forward thinking attitude of the City of Dieppe.