UC Santa Barbara Aquatics

Santa Barbara, CA, USA

The first phase of this project includes master planning for the site, programming the facilities and presentation renderings to be used as marketing tools to promote the project. The UC Santa Barbara Aquatic Multipurpose complex incorporates the existing scenic campus with a network of graphic tensile structures, inhabitable green spaces, and memorable pathways. The immense size and unique site provides remarkable potential for a multitude of uses and programming, to transform this campus into an engaging and dynamic complex.

The Design intent is a combination of four strong principles:

  • To create a socially dynamic athletic complex that responds innovatively to the site by designing for ‘formal’ spectator participation and ‘informal’ opportunities for social interchange.
  • To provide unique, memorable, coherent and functional landscapes & architectural identifiers that promote public awareness and participation in UC Santa Barbara athletics.
  • To create a synergy with broader campus elements to increase the connectivity between students and athletes.
  • To apply sustainable site and building strategies that reduce initial civil infrastructure costs, and ongoing maintenance and energy costs by using adaptable and found elements on site.



Santa Barbara, CA, USA


UC Santa Barbara


Behnisch Architekten, Los Angeles with Ken Radkey Blackbird Architects, Inc.


2.230 qm / 24.000 sq.ft.