Guildford Aquatic Centre

Type of Building
Community & Recreation
Location
Surrey
Size
6,503 sq. m.
Architect
Bing Thom Architects, SHAPE Architecture
Completion
2015
Structural Engineer
Fast + Epp
Project Owner
City of Surrey
Materials
Glue-laminated timber (glulam), Laminated strand lumber (LSL), Plywood

Project Overview

Located in northeast Surrey, the Guildford Aquatic Centre shows how wood can be undisputedly modern, luminous and minimalistic.

Wood Use

The prefabricated twenty-nine-metre-long wood trusses conceal pre-installed mechanical ducts, sprinklers, up-lighting, and acoustic ceiling insulation. 

The wood trusses are stained and painted white but display a textured wood pattern, giving a subtle warmth to this Zen-like aquatic centre.