POOL DESIGN AWARDS 2016 - Asia - The most innovative pool
The Concrete Cloud - Bayan Club
- Architect: S. PIN ARCHITECT
- Project team: TAN SIH PIN
- Location: Seri Kembangan, Malaysia
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The 'concrete cloud’ concept is a tested unique green architecture concept that can be used for broad base application in the tropics like in Malaysia. Bayan Club, the prototype of this concept has proven this and the club’s pool design plays a vital role in achieving this green architecture concept.
THE CONCRETE CLOUD CONCEPT
In order to let the breeze thru, the building have to be lifted up. Taking cue from the tropical overcasting cloud, the architect explores the concept of forming a heavy cloud form at the building top, enabling the spaces below to be porous & open, protected from the tropical warm & humid weather. The design goes against the grain by stacking the space that require the least natural air movement on top, namely the hall with badminton court (the game requires no air movement), leaving the lower 3 levels skeletonised with spaces split into pods & voids.
VISUAL DIALOGUE WITH NATURE : 3-TIER INFINITY VIEW
Due to the land profile, one enters the building via the mid-level thru a ramp. Filling the entrance lobby with water, the architect creates 3-tier infinity view from the lobby towards the swimming pool infinity fall below & the retention pond beyond. The flanking shops enjoy 3-tier infinity view as well. One walks ‘into’ the water at the lobby to reach the swimming & changing level below. This manipulation enhances the user spatial experience
GREEN DIALOGUE WITH NATURE : 3-TIER MOVING WATER
The lobby infinity fall, the children pool & the swimming pool below, the retention pond beyond cool down the wind that penetrates thru the building porous part, under the shade of the ‘concrete cloud’.
The lobby water fall also serves as the children pool water feature below. At the same time, the swimming pool infinity fall become part of the water feature for the lower ground shops below pool. With that, the architect managed to use only 2 sets of pump & filter unit to operate the multi-tier water elements. The multi-cascading water makes 10% of the building surface fluid & dynamic.
The pool has been integrated with the retention pond’s community park nearby.
PUMP & FILTER SYSTEM
Pump : Grundfos Pool Summersive Pump, Filter : Aquionics Permanent Media Filter