Description of Historic Place
The Swimming Pool is a modern two-storey, white concrete structure that is composed of horizontal cubic volumes and features a flat roof, ribbon windows, cantilevered stairs and broad overhanging eaves. The Swimming Pool is built into a hillside and is located on a service road, in a forested zone of the Royal Roads University. The designation is confined to the footprint of the building.
The Swimming Pool is a Recognized Federal Heritage Building because of its historical associations, and its architectural and environmental values.
The Swimming Pool is associated with the post-WWII expansion of the Canadian Armed Forces. The Swimming Pool was built during the site's second phase of development of the Royal Roads University campus in order to fulfill the training requirements of the cadets and to foster physical fitness in the forces. The Swimming Pool also represents the establishment of more on-site training facilities independent of the community of Colwood and CFB Esquimalt.
Modern in appearance, the Swimming Pool is a good example of the International Style in Canada, and features simple, horizontal cubic volumes, and horizontal elements such as bands of ribbon windows running across the exterior elevations, flat roofs, and broad overhanging eaves. Constructed of good quality materials and craftsmanship that successfully integrate traditional wood elements and modern masonry elements, the building's interior layout is simple and functional.
The Swimming Pool is well integrated into its hillside site and is compatible with the surrounding forested area in a manner reminiscent of Alvar Alto's architecture in Finland. The YMCA manages the Swimming Pool for use by the university and the local community, and as such, it is familiar to residents in the region.
Andrew Waldron, Swimming Pool (RR22A), Royal Roads University, Colwood, British Columbia. Federal Heritage Buildings Review Office Building Report 99-137.
Swimming Pool (RR22A), Royal Roads University, Colwood, British Columbia. Heritage Character Statement 99-137.
The following character-defining elements of the Swimming Pool should be respected, for example:
Its International Style and good quality materials and craftsmanship as manifested in:
-the building's simple, horizontal cubic volumes emphasized by the smooth, white-concrete walls, the bands of
ribbon windows, flat roofs, cantilevered stairs, and broad overhanging eaves;
-the simple and functional layout of the interior spaces;
-the successful integration of traditional wood elements such as the glue laminated timbers in the pool area
with modern masonry elements such as the concrete surfaces and tile wainscoting; and,
-modern features such as the painted pipe handrails and modern light fixtures.
The building's compatibility with the rustic character of this area of the campus as evidenced in:
-its stepped-back siting which integrates it into the surrounding forest; and,
-its community function which makes it well known in the region.