A bit of San Francisco architectural beauty to end the holiday week (but not quite year).

The Charlie Sava Pool: Commissioned by the City of San Francisco, Rec and Park Dept, designed by Mark Cavagnero Associates & Paulett Taggart Architects, built by West Bay Builders, and photographed by Tim Griffith (click to enlarge).

And some plugged-in tipster bonus verbiage for our design (and swimming) wonks:

The building essentially comprises of 2 simple interlocking volumes – one for the pool (natatorium) and the other for the support areas (lockers, lobby, community room, staff areas, storage)- enjoying a symbiotic relationship, nestled in the park. The exterior is a composition of cast in place concrete, handcrafted tile and curtain wall.

The generous exterior sunshade/ interior light shelf running the length of glazing on the south facade, reduces glare while allowing sweeping views of stern grove across the street.

The concrete on the exterior reads as concrete on the interior, the glass reads as glass and the handcrafted tile translates to wood slats with acoustic foam on the interior. In the Natatorium, 4 Ceiling suspended clouds provide a taut reflective surface to the uplights (that must be above the pool deck for easy access) and also conceal additional acoustic material above it.

The City’s new standard required a UV filtration system be installed to complement the chlorine system, thus dramatically improving indoor air quality and virtually eliminating the ‘typical pool smell’ making the experience of swimming more enjoyable and healthier.

The natatorium roof has about 3,500 sq ft of solar hot water panels, which help capture solar energy and partially offset the heating cost of the pool water, helping the City reduce its running cost.

Cheers. Happy holidays. And as always, thank you for plugging in.
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Comments from “Plugged-In” Readers

  1. Posted by SFer

    Right on. Good stuff for a good neighborhood.

  2. Posted by mike

    Handsome understated design and a welcome addition to the sunset.

  3. Posted by Sparky-C

    I can not wait to cannonball into that bad boy.

  4. Posted by sf

    Real SF is jealous.

  5. Posted by sparky

    Beautiful building. I learned how to swim in the old one, and can still ‘smell’ the memories. Great job to those who built it.

  6. Posted by sanfrantim

    Merry Christmas SocketSite! Thank you for faithfully reporting one side of the real estate story all year long. And may all your real estate dreams come true.

  7. Posted by katebear

    It looks beautiful, can’t wait to swim there. Does anyone know how much is it to swim there?

  8. Posted by sf

    $4! Happy New Year

  9. Posted by l.kahn

    Awesome.
    CAMP naysayers, take notice: go visit the pool, experience its relationship to the park, talk to the users. This is the type of progressive architecture that SF needs to remain a vital, living city.
    Happy New Year!

  10. Posted by l.kahn

    Awesome.
    CAMP naysayers, take notice: go visit the pool, experience its relationship to the park, talk to the users. This is the type of progressive architecture that SF needs to remain a vital, living city.
    Happy New Year!

  11. Posted by Fishchum

    Kahn – my objection to CAMP was never the design – it was the prominent placement at the head of the Parade Ground that I found objectionable.

  12. Posted by zzzzzz

    Mark Cavagnero does consistently good, classy work. Bravo!

  13. Posted by Gregg

    Ugly. It’d be nice if architects would stop using all right angles and concrete do define beauty. This design is unimaginative, blocky, and unworthy of a public space.
    So sad that we’ve gone from beautiful designs like the Conservatory of Flowers to monstrosities like this and the new concrete battleship SF Federal building in less than a century.
    Architectural imagination is indeed dead.

  14. Posted by sf

    I agree “beautiful” is an overstatement this building is not generic because there are two triangles on top welcome to the 21st century.

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