Translucent glass in the menrsquos and womenrsquos team locker rooms provides daylighting within and symmetry when viewed from the pool deck Photo by John McGillen, courtesy of ELS Architecture and Urban Design

Translucent glass in the men’s and women’s team locker rooms provides daylighting within and symmetry when viewed from the pool deck.

Swimming with the current

The design of a locker room should reflect the culture of the team, athletic program, or school.

In the design of locker rooms for athletic teams, each sport has its own set of benchmarks for adjacencies, locker size, materials selection and the like. But the actual locker rooms that result vary widely, because of the culture of the particular team, athletic department or institution. Designers have to be attuned to these differences, and find ways to make spaces “special” — not just from an aesthetic perspective, but with details that highlight a school’s unique attributes.

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