The Portuguese architecture design, Mata do Cabo Swimming Pool was designed by Antonio Carvalho and Gonçalo Byrne, Antonio Carvalho Arquitectura e Urbanismo Lda is a swimming-pool and sanitary facilities for the Mata do Cabo Leisure Park at St João da Pesqueira, Portugal. The park has a swimming-pool, camping, a basketball / football field, a tennis court and a Mediterranean forest, now an urban park. Downhill, the architects designed a football stadium, to be built in the near future.
The building replaces the old facilities of the existing swimming-pool, which was rebuilt, repaved and kept in its original site, above the street level. It becomes somehow a “wall-building”, the public face of the park. The main feature of this project was the challenge of adapting in a single building different public spaces for different users (swimming-pool, camping, sports fields, restaurant, bar, urban park), whose paths cross or go parallel around the building, without mixing.
The main entrance to the swimming-pool is the central stairway, leading to the dressing/locker rooms, passing through the showers and toilets area and connecting to the swimming-pool platform through a semi-covered corridor, overlooking the outside parking-lot. The entrance to the Camping and Leasure Park is a car ramp for trailers and emergency vehicles. The camping park, located on the sloping hill, was organized in leveled platforms built with the very own ground stones inside mesh boxes, keeping the average configuration of the former landscape. The forest was left intact.
Raising the building without destroying the hilly landscape was another challenge. In order to achieve that, the building was organized functionally by levels, according to the public open spaces it connects to and should serve, with long and leveled paths, vertically connected by the elevator tower (for handicapped users only). The elevator tower (handicapped users only) is connected by long “catwalk-corridors” to the upper levels of the park, namely the restaurant terrace overlooking the swimming-pool and the sportsfield benches, whose suspended canopy reinforces the overall horizontal effect.
The bar has two counters, serving swimmers at the lawn solarium (with a long terrace under the basketball/football benches canopy) and campers at the interior bar (with a terraced restaurant at the upper level). Users from the Camping will access directly to the shower and toilet facilities located at the top floor of the building (handicapped at groundfloor), climbing the stairs which cut transversely the building. The building is strongly connected to the site: local stone clads the main facades in a traditional technique, continuing under the long canopy suspended over the sports field seats, shading the swimming-pool terrace underneath.