Pan Am/Parapan Am Aquatics Centre

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Client: NORR Architects

Location: Toronto, Canada

Completion date: 2015

Project Team

Architect

NORR Architects

NORR Architects

Artist

Entro

Entro

Overview

Entro designed the environmental graphics to take their cue from the alternating tilted planes of the venue’s dramatic roof structure, itself inspired by the shifting ice and rock fissures in the Canadian Shield. An abstract graphic form, influenced by waveforms interacting with light and shadow, was created for large-scale wall treatments in the building interior and as a key element on signage. This graphic is an iconic element as the dive tower feature backdrop.

Goals

For the 28,986-m2 (312,000-sf) CIBC Pan Am/Parapan Am Aquatics Centre (now the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre), we provided effective wayfinding for the Aquatic Centre and Field House which required signage and graphics that clearly communicated the spirit of the building and site. In addition to directional signs, an opportunity was found to express the theme of water and movement in wall graphics and tell a compelling story.

Additional Information

We were inspired by forms in the architecture that resembled shifting ice, which led to our use of offset planes in our pylon designs. The building and the sign system are synchronized visually. The water theme in our supergraphics, which feature abstracted blue patterns along the main corridor to the pool and changing area are contrasted by the graphics in the field house which are more colourful, with red and orange tones.