The Aqua Center is a traditional pool turned inside out --rather than locating the wet element within dry architecture, the three pools (for diving, relaxing and playing) are connected by a 150-meter-long canal. The ends of the canal are joined in a circle like a running track in a stadium. The pools form a circular lake with an island in the middle. All other program elements, such as a restaurant, dressing rooms, and thermal baths span across the circle like beams in a roof.
PLOT was founded in 2001 by architects Bjarke Ingels and Julien De Smedt.
Keywords: Aalborg, Alborg, llborg, Denmark, recreation structures, commercial structures. Submitted by Bjarke Ingels for PLOT for the KSA Lecture Series, Winter 2006.