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October 26, 2017
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The US Grant
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Architecture

National City Aquatic Center

Positioned on the southern edge of the 5½-acre Pepper Park at the mouth of the Sweetwater River Channel, this 5500 SF, single-story, two structure aquatic center was designed to facilitate recreational and educational services for the community, replacing a makeshift facility housed in trailers for over a decade. The center serves as a beacon that marks the channel entry while capitalizing on its unobstructed views towards protected wetlands, San Diego Bay and beyond. A large community gathering and activity space is located in the easternmost structure under a faceted, flying roof perched atop a base of clear glass walls, appearing to glide kite-like into the sky and creating a fluid dynamic for its larger counterpart to the west. Across an open-air walkway, offices are contained in a box comprised of 4’ intermittently operable windows. Like the bridge of a ship, the box also serves as a lookout, its clear glass walls enabling observation of activities taking place on the water and the center’s surroundings. To the west, an angular concrete block structure floats behind like a barge, and contains boat and equipment storage, restrooms and locker rooms. Separate yet unified, the buildings are secured and coalesced with custom galvanized steel gates accented and brushed acrylic panels.

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  • Project Address:

    3300 Goesno Place, National City, CA 91950

    Project Owner/Developer:

    Port of San Diego (Owner) City of National City, CA (Client)

    Owner Contact Name/Email:

    (City) communityservices@nationalcityca.gov | Marshall Merrifield (Port) mmerrifield@portofsandiego.org |

    Project Architect/Designer:

    Safdie Rabines Architects

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