DOS Architects share winning Olympic Swimming Pool design for Erbil, Kurdistan
This project, completed in early 2013, is DOS Architects' competition-winning proposal for the Olympic Swimming Pool Arena in Erbil, Kurdistan. The project represents a continuation in the firm's on-going exploration of formal and programmatic variations, which started with their design for the Eternity Tower in Dubai and continues throughout much of their work, most recently with the Catholic Church of the Transfiguration, in Lagos.
Inspired by the morphology of a fish, DOS Architects have tried to integrate the architectural concept and structural form into one single element. The building consists of two grand arches which sit against one another and essentially support the sloping walls that enclose the swimming pool arena and its accompanying programme.
The petal shaped roof consists of a steel and glass structure that brings great amounts of natural light into the arena and allows amazing views of the pool from the 2,000-seat capacity arena. DOS Architects about to start the feasibility stage of design and the intention is to begin construction in late 2013.