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Michel Bonvin, gh3*, Cortesía de Marià Castelló Martínez

Our Readers’ Favourites in September

In September, our readers were particularly enthusiastic about the following three contributions: an unconventional three-family house in Switzerland, an environmentally friendly natural pool in Canada and a maritime water sports centre on Formentera.

Surprise Egg: Residential Building in Pully by Localarchitecture

In a Lausanne suburb Localarchitecture has realised a totally unconventional three-family house featuring five storeys, a distinctive concrete frame structure and stairs winding the interior perimeter in the interests of spatial optimisation.

Client: privat
Architecture: Localarchitecture
Structural engineering: Gex et Dorthe Ingénieurs
Construction management: Thinka Architecture Studio
Location: Chemin de Chamblandes 52, Pully (CH)

Chemical-Free Swimming: Borden Park Natural Pool in Edmonton

When the Canadian city of Edmonton built a replacement for the public outdoor swimming pool in Borden Park, its planners lay great value on environmentally friendly water purification without chemical additives. This takes place with three separate filtering basins in which the water is cleaned both mechanically, by flowing through gravel and sand, and organically by plants.

Client: City of Edmonton
Architecture: gh3*
Structural engineering: Morrison Hershfield
Water treatment: Polyplan
Location: 7615 Borden Park Rd NW, Edmonton, AB T5B 4W8 (CA)

Boathouse Under White Sails: Water Sports Centre on Formentera

Formentera’s new water sports centre is located at an exposed site between the Mediterranean, the port village of La Savina and an inland lake. The local architect Marià Castelló has given the building the character of a wooden boathouse and provided it a white and deeply projecting roof incorporating fabric sun-sails.

Client: Gemeinde Formentera
Architecture: Marià Castelló
Structural engineering: Albert Admetlla Font
Location: Calle de s’Almadrava 10, La Savina, Formentera (ES)

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