In a joint venture with ELS Architecture, the proposed design for Balboa Park Pool renovates the existing natatorium facilities in an economic way, leaving essential elements in place while enhancing the user experience and upgrading the structural and environmental systems to meet sustainable standards of performance. By reconfiguring the support spaces of the natatorium, ELS/KR developed a community space within the existing shell – thereby avoiding any additional construction. In concert with this, a reconfigured entry and landscape strengthen the role of the community room, the front desk and access to the natatorium.
The design is LEED Silver-equivalent and increases the programming capacity of pool services by reconfiguring the locker rooms and administrative spaces, carving out space for a new community room. The building is more deeply connected to the neighborhood context by redesigning the parking area to improve traffic flow, drop-off area, and meet ADA compliance. A new civic threshold is created by defining a clear point of entry with a canopy and by integrating discreet landscape and lighting elements, which increase safety. Rebuilding the entry ramp and interior spaces allow for ADA compliance from the entry throughout the building. The rehabilitated pool preserves the qualities of the original 1957 building, while thoughtfully and respectfully adding to the building to make it a vital resource for the community for years to come.
In Joint Venture with ELS Architecture and Urban Design
Photography by Bruce Damonte