Gert Town Natatorium

New Orleans, Louisiana

Public pool to serve the local community in New Orleans.

In order to meet the varying needs of the community, the pool has six lanes, seating for spectators, as well as a zero-depth ramped accessible entry, to allow people at various levels of ability to be able to use the pool. The lobby has a tall glass lantern, to serve as a beacon, bringing people on from across the neighborhood and across the city to the door.

To better meet the needs of the City of New Orleans, the design team treated the natatorium into two parts. The high-ceilinged natatorium itself was built to stand up to the high temperatures, humidity, and associated corrosion inherent in indoor pools. The adjacent entry lobby was free of these considerations allowing for more standard construction and intricate detailing to welcome the community.