Travel along the Water



Period: Fall 2012 
Instructor: Christoph a. Kumpusch 
Location: Manhattan, NY  
Building Use: Natatorium

 

 DIVERSE WATER ACTIVITIES

The site is located in Harlem. This natatorium is not just for the residents near the site, but also for the students at Columbia University. Due to different types of users, it was essential to meet the needs of both sides. The key design concept was to provide different types of water programs as diverse as possible. So the program of the building includes semi-olympic size of swimming pools, small swimming pool for more intimate group such as family and friends, fountain, pond, waterfall, and even water cave. Programmatically, some of spaces are designed for the public in large size and private pools suggested for more intimate interactions. Also, each water programs are shifted and located in vertical and horizontal levels in order to visually connect, thus encouraging and attracting people.

 

 

CONCEPT MODEL STUDY

One of studio’s aim was to explore new types of geometry.Curvy surface and pipe geometry were introduced. Curvy wall with large scale is for the publc space which defines the entire building’s design language. Pipe geometry is used as structural member or more private related spaces such as private swimming pool for family members or friends.

 

WATER  SOUND  CAVE

The journey starts at the sound of water. In a linear sequence, these water spaces are connected each other with the structure in which there are introduction, development, turn and finally conclusion. First, people visually encounter large open space on the rooftop in which variety of activities happen. Then they enter into the building and people can experience shallow water and a quiet atmosphere. Lastly, one walks through the slope to the rooftop where one is introduce to flowing water and sounds.

 

 

EXPLODED PROGRAM DIAGRAM

 

PRIVATE SWIMMING POOL

 

PLAN

 

IN/OUT-DOOR FOUNTAIN  &  LOBBY

The journey starts at the sound of water. In a linear sequence, these water spaces are connected each other with the structure in which there are introduction, development, turn and finally conclusion. First, people visually encounter large open space on the rooftop in which variety of activities happen. Then they enter into the building and people can experience shallow water and a quiet atmosphere. Lastly, one walks through the slope to the rooftop where one is introduce to flowing water and sounds.

 

SECTION

The journey starts at the sound of water. In a linear sequence, these water spaces are connected each other with the structure in which there are introduction, development, turn and finally conclusion. First, people visually encounter large open space on the rooftop in which variety of activities happen. Then they enter into the building and people can experience shallow water and a quiet atmosphere. Lastly, one walks through the slope to the rooftop where one is introduce to flowing water and sounds.