Brunswick School – Natatorium

A new project that extends SOM's work with the Brunswick School in Greenwich, Connecticut, the Brunswick Natatorium serves a dual athletic purpose by combining an indoor swimming pool and a rooftop football field on a single footprint. The building accommodates this multipurpose program through a combined architecture and landscape solution that contains much of the pool’s volume below ground, with the upper portion at the level of the plaza entrance and adjacent roadway.

The rooftop field functions as a landscape extension of adjacent lawns and playing fields, giving the stone-clad exterior of the structure the sense of an elegant, hillside retaining wall. Generous windows provide views of the interior, revealing the life inside the building while creating a sense of anticipation along the pedestrian sidewalk approach to the natatorium's entrance.

At 21,000 square feet, the Natatorium incorporates an 8-lane, 25-yard pool, with ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) pool access, two 1-meter diving boards, and a hydraulic movable floor to allow for both youth instruction and water polo. The facility also includes locker rooms, general storage, pool equipment storage, offices, and seating for 75 spectators above the pool deck.

The compact building minimizes its impact on the campus, preserving site area for future expansion, while leveraging existing infrastructure. One corner of the natatorium connects to the Middle School building, providing access to its bathrooms and to the cafeteria, which can be used for concessions during swimming events. The design team sourced stone from quarries used for other campus projects, further integrating the building with the natural and built environment of the campus.