Sailors cruising into San Diego Bay will now be met by the sophisticated new National City Aquatic Center. Designed by Safdie Rabines Architects, the elongated building sits embedded in the rocky coastline. The building will serve as a recreational and educational center for the community, as well as a luminous beacon for those entering the Sweetwater River Channel.
Located on the southernmost edge of the Sweetwater River Channel, adjacent to Pepper Park and Pier 32 Marina, the 5,500 square foot structure replaces a makeshift facility that was previously housed in trailers. An extended wood-paneled roof looms over large glass panels, offering spectacular views of the surrounding wetlands and San Diego Bay from the interior.
Visitors enter the building through a large lobby and activity space, which sits just under the extended angled roof. The rest of the complex stretches towards the back, and includes flexible multi-purpose classrooms, office space and a storage area that houses boat equipment, rest rooms, and locker facilities. There is also allotted space for public art exhibitions.