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Project Spotlight: SCCC Northampton Health and Wellness Center

 

Image Courtesy of James Ewing.
Image Courtesy of James Ewing.

While the interior of the Health and Wellness Center was designed to maximize the functionality of the space, its exterior takes inspiration from the uniqueness of the surrounding landscape.

Designed by Ikon5 and Wiedersum Architects (who recently merged with H2M Architects and Engineers), the building was meant to echo a stand of pine trees at the southern edge of the campus, with narrow vertical strips of custom pre-cast concrete panels that have a texture that echoes pine bark.

The concrete sections are intermixed with glass and translucent panels to assist in creating a tree trunk look while the glazing materials also provide much-needed natural light to the interior spaces.

The pool and gymnasium spaces both feature a combination of Guardian 275® translucent panel wall systems and glass glazing for views to the outside and the added benefit of 24/7 light control.

During daytime hours, the translucent panels soften and diffuse direct sunlight, making it easier for athletes to focus on their sport, while during evening hours the panels "light-up" from interior lighting and add a soft, ethereal glow when viewed from the exterior, signaling to passers-by that the building is open for use.

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