The indoor pool by Souto de Moure in São João da Madeira, in Portugal, it becomes a case involving local people and other people in authority who signed a manifesto in support of its implementation.
It is an unusual case because usually there is a petition against the construction of a particular project, such as the online petition to stop the construction of the sports hall in Tokyo, designed by Zaha Hadid.
After launching an international competition in 2011, won by Souto de Moura, the problems are obviously born on financial issues despite being the project funded in large part by the EU, but on the remaining co-financing from the small town of São João da Madeira are open controversy among local politicians.
The new indoor pool in S. João da Madeira would be the fourth project that Eduardo Souto Moura do designs for the city, after signing the exterior design of the system for the underground parking lot of the Municipal Market and are also defined two levels of detail for the city: Largo do Souto, close to the Cathedral Church, and Corgan area, between the present area of the pools and buildings Oliva.
The project at the Sports Complex Paulo Pinto, in the area where today there are tennis courts, provides a children’s pool, a 25 meter swimming pool and a pool for recreation and rehabilitation with a winter garden. In an area of 6852.00 m 2 and an estimated cost of approximately € 4.5 million.
The project is characterized by a high level of energy efficiency systems for optimal control of all building technology, the use of renewable energy and the implementation of processes for efficient water management and will be the first indoor pool in Europe with international LEED certification with a low environmental impact and low operating costs.
Article by Viviana Terzoli