Denunzio Pool, Princeton University+ expand detail
Princeton, New Jersey, USA
50,000 square feet / 5,000 square meters
The DeNunzio Pool was designed to be among the fastest competition pools in the world. Equipped for diving as well as swimming, the pool includes one– and three-meter springboards and a 10-meter platform diving tower. The pool is housed within a 1,300-seat natatorium connected to the adjacent field house by a landscaped plaza. This pool building creates a formal entrance to the varsity sports complex. Facing the plaza, the building’s entrance is shaded by a columned porch.
In the clerestory, the natatorium uses stone, glazed brick and painted metal accents and trim to harmonize with the buildings of the main campus. The front of the building uses the same brick at the same height as the neighboring walls. At the building’s base, darker brick is used to reduce the scale of the walls and provide contrast to the lighter brick above. The simple, stepped form of the building reflects its function: the highest tier houses the high diving boards, the second tier contains spectator seating, and the level nearest the ground is the entrance and lobby.
At the pool-deck level, the natatorium is connected to the field house by an underground passageway, which includes locker rooms for visiting teams. An addition to the field house also houses a training room.
The building is daylit primarily by translucent clerestory windows. Windows on the south wall give swimmers a view to the outdoors. Glare is controlled by dense plantings outside and light-blocking shades inside. Upon entering the building, spectators can see the interior from an overlook area. The bleachers extend from the concourse level down to the pool deck. Bleachers are finished in Princeton’s colors of orange and black, which are also used throughout the interior of the building.