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Green-Roofed Municipal Pools Are an Enchanting Public Space in Povoação, Portugal
Posted By Bridgette Meinhold On February 23, 2011 @ 6:28 pm In Architecture,Daylighting,green roof | No Comments
The pools  are located in the village of Povoação on the Archipelago of the Azores, at the southern edge of the island of San Miguel and a slope behind the building protects it from the sea breezes. Previously the city had cut into the slope to create a flat spot to build recreational fields and the new pools slid into the space, seeking a fusion between the new building and the existing landscape. Construction began on the project in 2007 and was completed in 2008 to include a variety of swimming pools, training pools, locker rooms and lounge facilities.
Black basalt volumes, which correspond to various functional programs, run in line with the slope as if they were an extension of the landscape. A lush green roof covers the entire complex and is punctuated with angled skylights  that pull natural daylight down to the pools below. From inside the skylights appear as bright polka dots on the ceiling. Gaps between the volumes also pour sunlight into the spaces and provide views to the outdoors.
Via ArchDaily 
Images ©João Ferrand
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 Barbosa and Guimaraes Arquitectos: http://www.barbosa-guimaraes.com/
 pools: http://inhabitat.com/green-wave-thermal-pool-wrapped-with-a-living-wall-in-france/
 green roof : http://inhabitat.com/category/green-roof
 skylights: http://inhabitat.com/solar-tube/
 ArchDaily: http://www.archdaily.com/112934/municipal-pools-of-povoacao-barbosa-guimaraes/
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