Algin Sutton Pool
Public pools have a long history of segregation and discrimination, making the placement of this pool within a disadvantaged neighborhood an act of social justice. Lehrer Architects LA’s central, monumental canopy represents an architectural commitment to shade, comfort, and communal excitement.
The project serves as the focal point from which all site features “explode” outward, including the pool, splash pad, and neighborhood entry. Its avionic shape mimics both the 1930’s poolhouse gabled roof and the flight path in and out of LAX. The architecture displays gustas and gravitas that draws parents to swim with their children, thereby driving gangs out of the perimeter radius out of fear of safe adult supervision.
This project provides a landmark representing joy & pride for all in the surrounding neighborhood, as well as a commitment by civic leadership to the surrounding, underserved community. Its dynamic site placement of the pool & bathhouse allows the public multiple places to rest on benches that are shaded by a monumental canopy. The mirrored splash pad provides a sense of glee that is aligned with the processional entrance, passing by a lush landscape & connecting to the rest of the existing park.
Honor Award, Honor Award, Interior Design’s 15th annual Best of Year Awards, 2020
8800 S Hoover St, Los Angeles, CA 90044
City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks
Architect: Lehrer Architects LA
Landscape Architect: Studio MLA
Swimming Pool Engineer: Jones & Madhavan
Structural & Civil Engineer: VCA
MEP Engineer: Donald F. Dickerson Assoc.
Contractor: ACON Development
Project Management: City of Los Angeles Department Public Works,
Bureau of Engineering, Architectural Department.