Completed at 2017, the pool complex includes a 50-metre outdoor pool, an outdoor leisure pool, indoor and outdoor jacuzzi, a 50-metre indoor pool, and an indoor training pool. It also incorporates an outdoor public plaza sheltered beneath the tip of the building’s iconic roof.
overview © Marcel Lam
新泳馆位于坚尼地城海傍，紧邻西维多利亚港，泳池的建成激活了坚尼地城历史街区逝去的活力，并有助于填补项目周边稀缺的公共休憩空间。“我们在坚尼地城已施工近十年了，完成了地铁站及其附属基础设施的建设。” Farrells董事Stefan Krummeck评论道， “这是香港最令人兴奋和最具特色的地区之一，我们通过这个具有动态建筑形式的泳池设计，为坚尼地城社区打造崭新的社区门户。”
Built on a derelict lot beside West Victoria Harbour, the pool has helped rejuvenate a forgotten corner of otherwise vibrant Kennedy Town, and historic district not far from Hong Kong’s city centre. Also it infills a new public leisure space in this high dense area. “We have been working in Kennedy Town now for nearly a decade, completed the metro station and its infrastructure” commented Stefan Krummeck, a director at Farrells. “This is one of the most exciting and characterful districts in Hong Kong, and we sought to contribute to that by designing this pool as a new community hub with a dynamic architectural form.”
Site is adjacent to the Victoria Harbour © Marcel Lam
The UniqueTriangular Site © Marcel Lam
The building owes its distinctive shape to the unique triangular site which had become a derelict land since 1990’s, so it is aimed to build a landmark building on this important site, thus regenerate the whole neighbourhood area. Inspired by a shell while also looking like a spaceship, the building is sympathetic to the main road and tram entrance to Kennedy Town, serving as an icon for the community.
Sketch © Farrells
The entrance is located at the corner of the waterfront promenade and Sai Chang Street, and the entrance hall is a clear glazed entrance which allows people to enjoy the view of historic tram passing by. Guests can take the lift or escalator to the first floor swimming pool, jacuzzi and changing room where they can enjoy the views of Victoria Harbour and Belcher Bay Park by standing by the swimming pool. The outdoor and indoor swimming pool is separated by a moveable curtain wall. During summer the indoor swimming pool can be opened up and integrated with the indoor pool to become one seamless space.
Enjoy views from outdoor swimming pool platform © Marcel Lam
Building is adjacent to the main road © Marcel Lam
Entrance of the swimming pool © Marcel Lam
The form of the sweeping zinc clad roof responds to the building’s context: the orientation of the outdoor pool maximises views of Victoria Harbour and the outlying islands, while shielding swimmers from the noise and pollution of the main bus and tram routes to the east. Like other natural materials such as copper and bronze, zinc possess self-healing properties in which the raw material reaches an ultimate patina through oxidization over time and exposure to weather. Whereas copper turns from a brown to green tone over time, natural zinc turns from silver to a warm and matte grey finish. Hence, any damage that exposes the raw surface will repair itself over time. As Kennedy Town Swimming Pool was developed in two phases with a 4 year gap in between, the initial color difference between the new and old zinc cladding will become unnoticeable once the material reaches its ultimate and stable patina.
Outdoor swimming pool © Marcel Lam
Key criteria for the selection of materials for the facade and roof were light in weight, ability to span the pool hall, transparency, and performance against solar gain. Laminated glass with a high performance PVB layer was chosen for window walls while insulated PTFE membrane was used for the roof skylight, flooding the indoor pool hall with pleasant, diffuse natural light. Operable windows allow for natural ventilation of indoor spaces, reducing reliance on air conditioning.
Indoor swimming pool © Marcel Lam
Night View © John Huang
Bird’s Eye View at Night © jepalmer100
Plan © Farrells
Elevation © Farrells
建筑/Architect – Farrells
机电顾问/M&E consultant – Aecom (Phase 1), Parsons Brinckerhoff (Phase 2)
结构顾问/Structural engineer – Aecom (Phase 1), Parsons Brinckerhoff (Phase 2)
估算顾问/Quantity surveyor – WT Partnership
总包商/Main contractor – Paul Y Engineering
业主/Client – MTR Corporation
运营商/End user – Leisure and Cultural Services Department (Hong Kong Government)
一期用房（室外泳池）Phase 1 accommodation (outdoor pools)
50米室外泳池Outdoor pool (50-metre)
室外儿童嬉水池Outdoor children’s leisure pool
临时用房Temporary accommodation (lifeguard rooms, storage)
二期用房（室内泳池Phase 2 accommodation (indoor pools)
50米室内泳池Indoor secondary pool (50-metre)
25米室内训练池Indoor training pool (25-metre)
户外休憩场所Outdoor sitting-out area
临时用房转为永久用房Decanting of temporary uses to permanent accommodation
一期竣工/Phase 1 opening date – 11 May 2011
二期竣工/Phase 2 opening date – 7 February 2017
建筑面积/Gross floor area – 11,782 m2