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Type: competition runner-up
Status: Planning 2012
Client: South Ayrshire Council

Girvan Leisure/Visitor Centre

Competition:Girvan, Scotland  - shortlisted April 2012.

in colaboration with 3D Reid Architects, Glasgow.

The town of Girvan, when faced with the need to update its municipal leisure facility, chose to expand its ambition and use the opportunity to create a regional visitor destination. Our proposal involved creating a very social building that is particular to its coastal setting. At its heart is the 'Gathering Space', a multi-purpose space with retractable walls. Around it are gathered the various community and visitor activity spaces: swimming pool, spa, outdoor actitivies changing hall, climbing wall, cafe, restaurant etc. Against the dramatic land and sea backdrops the scheme envisaged a high level of openness/visual connection between these spaces in the visitor season. In Winter the spaces are more enclosed to cater for the reduced user numbers in an energy-efficient manner. Externally the building has a simple but robust form - embedded like a rock outcrop in the coastal grass terrain. Windows structures, wind-catchers and rooflights clad in corten (pre-rusted) steel are set in and enliven the dark rough cast surfaces. Wind-generated power, locally produced biomass fuel and passive ventilation mechanisms throughout are the among the features utilized to enable the design achieve a zero-carbon energy profile.  

entrance approach view

entrance approach view

sketch overview

sketch overview

view across park

view across park

cutaway section showing central 'Gathering Space'

cutaway section showing central 'Gathering Space'

night view

night view