with pale local stone, but these elements are abstracted and mixed in unusual ways with tall wide windows, a stronger colour scheme and iridescent tiles that gives the building a distinctive presence all of its own. The result is a structure that is not so tall that it shocks the eye and on the south west side the bulk of what would otherwise be a long façade is broken up with a series of pitched roof projections that reference both the vernacular of the region and other more distant traditions, Georgian terraces or a row of holiday beach huts.
Environmentally the building is heavyweight, high thermal mass, orientated carefully towards the South West with glazing and projecting roofs carefully studied to maximise passive solar gain from the low winter sun and provide shade from the high summer sun. Water heating is by means of bio-mass boilers. Rain water run off was designed to be available for collection and reuse.
The composition can be described as two slightly offset rectangles punctuated with internal courtyards, the projections reach across raised terraces or galleries and link out towards semi covered seating areas, barbeque space and the outdoor pools. Functionally one rectangle houses the restaurants and hospitality areas the other the indoor pool with the gymnasium and fitness spaces. The end result is to blur the distinction between inside and outside as well befits a building designed for the pursuit of leisure located in a popular tourist destination with a mild Mediterranean climate.
Over the course of a day the club naturally caters to differing uses, from the keen swimmer or gymnast to mixed family groups later in the day and club members in the evenings. The combined restaurant, bar, bistro adapts the atmosphere as the day progresses, changing the style of catering, opening and closing terraces, the club is open for business until late in the evening.
ClienteCap Vermell Investments Group
Superficie Lorda (mq)2500
ArchitettiDSA Architects International
Design TeamMike Scott
ConsulentiLocal Architect of Record: Planas, Structures: Grimalt Nadal, Landscape: AECOM, ME&P: IDAR, Pools: Hidrogenia
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