The Beach Club at Aurora Highlands


Aurora, CO

Aquatics, BE WELL
About This Project

This project is a 12,000 SF Aquatic Center located in Aurora, Colorado. The building is designed to be a neighborhood aquatic center for the community. It is located within a park setting and ties into the adjacent park amenities with an outdoor splash pad, shade structure, and entry plaza features. A “wedge” of indoor glass encloses the natatorium and frames views to the outdoor pool, to the south and west, and of the iconic neighborhood entry tower. The natatorium encloses an indoor zero-depth pool with spray features, lap lanes, and deep water activities including a climbing wall and a zip line. The rest of the facility is a simple but efficient structure that houses all the support space for the natatorium. This includes a changing area designed as an accessible, inclusive, all-gender facility with individual pods; each with a shower, toilet, and sink. These pods flank a common area with lockers, benches, vanities, and other amenities with direct access to the pool or to the lobby, with one wall of glass looking into the natatorium. To the south of the glass wedge of the natatorium is an outdoor pool and deck. The pool includes a resort-style sun-shelf, underwater benches, and cabanas. On the south side, the enclosing fence follows a strategically placed downward slope dropping down from the level of the pool. This creates an uninterrupted overlook from the pool to the park.