This building is a response to the unique topography of the plot -with a cutoff of living stone of great beauty-, to the magnificent views to the sea and to MountTeide, to the intense sunning from West and to the cold prevailing winds of the Northeast.
The program consists of 3 swimming pools –a competition-pool, a therapy pool and a jacuzzi -, 2 gyms, 2 saunas, a children playroom, and 2 multipurpose rooms. All that is organized in a compact set of volumes, which spring from the rock where they are embedded projecting towards the sea. The roughness of the concrete walls follows this intention to expand and geometrize the rock and the roof of the building is conceived as an extension of the natural terrain. The main areas of the building, pools and gym, face the sea through large glazing, and light entering the West is sieved in different ways. In the gym light is sieved with a great flight deck and its side walls and in the pools by a lattice of large format. This three-dimensional lattice, handmade in fibreglass, becomes, from the inside, an abstract filter leading the gaze, reinforcing the direct relationship between pool water and sea water.
To enhance the views of the sea from anywhere in the pool we chose a vey simple deck supported by laminated wood beams that optically reduce the height of the swimming area, compressing the space and thus reinforcing the directionality towards the sea. Access to the building is through a small plaza with views to the sea and Mount Teide, and underneath, at basement level, are all facilities, being all pools registrable. The building cross section has been established following energy saving concerns, i.e. reducing height to minimize the volume of air to be warmed up, and introducing daylight to significantly reduce fuel consumption.