Iqaluit Aquatic Centre
Carscadden partnered with Stantec on the innovative new Iqaluit Aquatic Centre, a community-defining and standard-setting facility for the capital of Nunavut, responding to the community’s need for a world-class recreation facility, and to the complex and ever-changing environment and context of Canada’s Arctic.
Responding to the community’s need for a world-class recreation facility.
The facility features leisure and lap swimming pools, play features including a water slide, whirlpool, saunas, and a fitness centre, providing Iqalummiut (citizens of Iqaluit) with an exciting, much-needed recreation space.
Iqaluit is way, way north, and though connected by sea and air, is still isolated and surrounded by a Mars-like landscape. Swimming in the cold ocean and river water is impossible. The exciting new aquatic and exercise facilities will serve to entertain everyone from the very young to the very old through the long dark winter and help engender a culture of aquatics and fitness all year long. The facility will not only serve current residents, but also serve to make Iqaluit more attractive to newcomers and prospective businesses.
ABOVE THE FRAY
Much of Iqaluit is built on piles to avoid the complications of the shifting permafrost, and the pool is no different. Which means that the entire basin is suspended - floating - fifteen feet above the ground. The remote location meant that the entire steel structure was manufactured as a kit of parts in Quebec and shipped by sea to Iqaluit for assembly.
Iqaluit is a dry climate - dusty in the summer and icy in the winter. Even though it is surrounded by permafrost or snow, wetness is at a premium and bare skin a rare commodity. The feeling of stripping off your parka and splashing into the warm wet pools while looking out at icicles or dust devils is a bodily experience unlike any other. Southerners, head north and you will understand.