the town of north hempstead wanted the renovation to keep the main pool and existing bathhouse structures but contemplate future generations with the new design. the architectural response sought to first reconcile the many conflicting geometries on the site. rather than a central unifying axis, the site had several conflicting ones. a strong linear concrete paver was chosen to help “pick” an axis and the main bathhouse that defines the entry was chosen as the new organizing geometry.
the main pool area was sunk 2’-0” below the entry plaza with terraced steps for seating and shade ringing the perimeter. this new shape was formed symmetrically around the existing main pool. an adjacent sunken eating area was added helping to resolve the geometry in the northwest corner. detailing in the form of wood railing and benches as well as vegetation and tree planters were provided to add warmth and vibrance to the open concrete space.
programmatically, the site was organized so that there could be an area for every type of pool guest. to the south there is a quieter area for the senior constituents and louder / wetter areas to the north where the wading pool, spray pad, and new slide were located