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Beyond its condo-strewn skyline, one of Toronto’s most impressive recent transformations is taking place in Regent Park, a once-notorious housing project that is transitioning into a vibrant mixed-use community. This aquatic centre serves as its heart, inviting in both long-time residents and newcomers. Clad in black zinc panels with a green roof, the low-slung 2,600-square-metre building is generously glazed: a raised, glass-covered spine runs along its axis, and a “dorsal fin” of a skylight brings light into the swim halls and change rooms, with double sliding doors off the main pool area leading sunbathers to the park-side terrace. Inside, the faceted wooden ceilings bring a sense of grandeur to the morning swim.

People’s Choice: Buildings Over 1,000SqM
Regent Park Aquatic Centre

Regent Park Aquatic centre, and Joseph L. Rotman School of Management, both in Toronto; Valencia Waste Treatment Plant; Elena Garro Cultural Centre, Mexico City; WMS Boathouse, Chicago; and Community Rowing Boathouse, Boston.

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People’s ChoiceBuildings Over 1,000SqM
Newfoundland, Canada
Saunders Architecture
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Brooklyn, New York
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Nadine Berger, Christopher Lee, Adam Modesitt and Ayumi Sugiyama of SHoP Architects, and John Cerone and Brian Sweeney of SHoP Construction
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Porto, Portugal
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