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Kennedy Town Swimming Pool in Hong Kong

HK Sports Facility Development in China design by Farrells Architects

19 Nov 2017

Kennedy Town Swimming Pool

Architects: Farrells

Location: beside Victoria Harbour, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, China

Kennedy Town Swimming Pool

KennedyTown Swimming Pool

Completed earlier this year, the pool complex includes a 50-metre outdoor pool, an outdoor leisure pool, indoor and outdoor massage baths, a 50-metre indoor pool, and an indoor training pool. It also incorporates an outdoor garden sheltered beneath the tip of the building’s characteristic roof.

KennedyTown Swimming Pool

Built on a derelict lot beside Victoria Harbour, the pool has helped rejuvenate a forgotten corner of otherwise vibrant Kennedy Town, a historic district not far from Hong Kong’s city centre.

Victoria Harbour Sports Facility KennedyTown Swimming Pool

“We have been working in Kennedy Town now for nearly a decade,” commented Stefan Krummeck, a director at Farrells. “This is one of the most exciting and characterful districts in Hong Kong, and we sought to contribute to that by designing this pool as a new community hub with a dynamic architectural form.”

KennedyTown Swimming Pool

KennedyTown Swimming Pool

KennedyTown Swimming Pool

The building owes its distinctive shape to the unique triangular site. Inspired by a shell, the building addresses the main road and tram entrance to Kennedy Town, serving as an icon for the community. 

KennedyTown Swimming Pool

KennedyTown Swimming Pool

The form of the sweeping zinc roof responds to the building’s context: the orientation of the outdoor pool maximises views of Victoria Harbour and the outlying islands, while shielding swimmers from the noise and pollution of the main bus and tram routes to the east. Natural zinc’s self-healing properties and uniform ultimate patina was appropriate for a building constructed in two phases with a six-year gap in between.

KennedyTown Swimming Pool

Key criteria for the selection of materials for the facade and roof were light weight, ability to span the pool hall, transparency, and performance against solar gain. Laminated glass with a high performance PVB layer was chosen for window walls while insulated PTFE membrane was used for the roof skylight, flooding the indoor pool hall with pleasant, diffuse natural light. Operable windows allow for natural ventilation of indoor spaces, reducing reliance on air conditioning.

KennedyTown Swimming Pool

Kennedy Town Swimming Pool in Hong Kong – Building Information

Client: MTR Corporation
End user: Leisure and Cultural Services Department (Hong Kong Government)

Phase 1 accommodation (outdoor pools)
Outdoor pool (50 metres)
Outdoor children’s leisure pool
Entrance hall
Changing rooms
Temporary accommodation (lifeguard rooms, storage)

Phase 2 accommodation (indoor pools)
Indoor secondary pool (50 metres)
Indoor training pool (25 metres)
Outdoor sitting-out area
Decanting of temporary uses to permanent accommodation

Phase 1 opening date—11 May 2011
Phase 2 opening date—7 February 2017
Gross floor area—11,782 sqm

KennedyTown Swimming Pool

About Farrells
Founded in 1965, Farrells are architects and urban designers who excel in urban placemaking and strive for sustainability. Their portfolio of built work includes contextual urban design schemes, supertall skyscrapers, residential and commercial projects, cultural and leisure centres, government headquarters, and some of the largest transport interchanges in the world.

KennedyTown Swimming Pool

Kennedy Town Swimming Pool in Hong Kong images / information received 191117

Location: Hong Kong, China

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