Matinkylä Swimming Pool

Matinkylä is becoming a new public transport hub for Espoo. As the commercial center rapidly expands around the bus and metro station complex, new public buildings are needed to keep the urban space public in nature. A swimming pool adjacent to the new metro station would be public service at its best. The proposed new pool opens wide up to the street but hides itself from the park above it. It also lifts the park area to the shopping center level to allow bridge access directly to the new commercial plaza across the road. This would block most of the ever rising traffic noise from the park and create a pleasant new south facing grassy slope for the residents to enjoy. The new sports court adds a much needed multi-functional outdoor space to the Kalapuisto Park.

NAME: Project Plan for a New Public Pool in Matinkylä

TYPE: Commission, 2010

STATUS: Concluded

LOCATION: Espoo, Finland

CLIENT: City of Espoo

PROGRAM: 4,600 m² swimming pool and adjacent outdoor areas

TEAM: ALA partners Juho Grönholm, Antti Nousjoki, Janne Teräsvirta and Samuli Woolston with Yena Young, Aleksi Niemeläinen, Nina Rusanen, Jan Galecki, Lotta Kindberg and Ossi Konttinen

COLLABORATORS: Artto Palo Rossi Tikka Architects (regional plan), Näkymä Landscape Architects (landscape design), WSP (traffic planning)