DMA wins at the 2020 Wood Awards
The swimming pool hall is one of three leisure spaces created for the school’s new sports centre. Housed within a complex of Grade 2- and Grade 2*-listed buildings, its exterior necessarily sweeps down to respect the boundary of the adjacent Grade 2*-listed Southside House. Internally, however, the timber elements sweep upwards to create a viewing gallery. The space visually knits together indoor and outdoor elements, with the flush pool edge and glazing on all three sides offering views to the outside and connecting swimmers to nature.
Timber works particularly well as a material for pools, due to its resilience to moisture where other materials are corrosion-prone. The pool hall’s concrete support columns are subjected to direct water contact, but the rest of the structure is constructed entirely out of wood. In addition to wood’s resilient properties, the use of timber for the superstructure, rather than steel or concrete, saves in excess of 100 tons of carbon emissions.
Video tour of the Swimming Pool Hall:
The project team:
Client – King's College School Wimbledon
Structural engineer – Price & Myers
Main contractor – Knight Harwood
Joinery – Suffolk and Essex Joinery Ltd
Wood supplier – Metsä Group
Species – spruce, pine, fir, larch (European)