project for an olympic
swimming pool, 1998
Olympic size indoor pool in Reykjavik
Exterior Elevations. (Top to Bottom) North,
Much used outdoor pools surrounded by empty urban areas. Project
required integrating new indoor pool to existing complex. New
building is a curved line on bottom half of complex, proposed
craterfield on right for wind-free sunbathing on those almost 60
degree HOT days in Iceland, see below.
Design for an exterior sun-bathing area in a grass
Ground Floor Plan of complex
New building on bottom of plan is an addition to the existing
pool complex. First portion on north side was built in 1960's,
second addition slanting to south-west was built in 1980's.
Thordarson's proposal is a snake-like wall wrapping the new
pool, facing the old pools and providing a new separate entry to
the competition hall.
Ground Floor Plan
Shows the connection to the existing building, and the main pool
area with functions under the bleechers. Note how the
circulation cuts through the undulating wall and then is wrapped
around the perimeter of the structure. Access to the bleechers
is from the rear.
Upper Level Plan (bleechers)
Bleechers surround the pool on three sides, with view towards
the existing swimming pool and the old complex. The swimming
pool can be divided up for various functional changes. For
example during the day it can be used for school classes by
closing into two halves.
The undulating wall structure carries a translucent tensile
Looking towards the building thru existing overhead bridge.
New entry with framed views thru building.
All design work and drawings made by
Olafur Thordarson. AutoCad, color pencil renderings and line ink drawings.