The main concept revolves around optimizing economy, environment, context, accessibility, social interaction and energy. The volume of the building is considered a plastic shape capable of being sculpted and adjusted according to different inputs in order to achieve the most optimized solution from the outset.
1. The building’s gross area of 3500 m2 is firstly defined as a basic rectangular shape to start with an economically optimized base point.
2. Environmental- and energy optimization of the building’s volume and surface area produce a circular basic shape.
3. An optimization according to context produces four pockets with potentials for rest and access.
4. Social and functional optimization is achieved by distributing programmes according to the size of the four centres of the Pulse, including the café and shared spaces.
5. Optimization of the volume is gained by increasing the height of the rooms of the pool, the access and the multi-room. The height of the rooms makes the most of daylight and thermal mass. The shaping of the roof along with its orientation towards south and south-east provides a possibility of placing solar water heaters and solar cells, thus decreasing the energy consumption of the building by 30-40%.
6. To ensure ease of construction, which is essential, the building is perceived as a structure consisting of two unities: the large building envelope and the roof versus the smaller spaces that are pushed under the roof, made from prefabricated wooden modules.