Minoru Centre for Active Living receives International Olympic Committee architecture award
03 November 2021
The Minoru Centre for Active Living, the City of Richmond’s new state-of-the-art fitness and aquatic facility, has received the 2021 Architecture Prize for Accessibility from the International Olympic Committee, International Paralympic Committee, and International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities.
The annual Distinction for Accessibility Award aims to increase the accessibility of all sports and leisure facilities and architectural structures worldwide so that everyone has an opportunity to practice and view sport freely and without barriers.
Richmond’s Minoru Centre for Active Living, which opened in 2020, received the honour for its integration of accessibility features such as:
- Design features in the aquatic centre to enable easy and dignified access to the various pools such as ramps and gentle steps as well as infinity edges and mobile lifts.
- Multiple drop-off areas to facilitate accessible transportation modes.
- Barrier-free front doors and accessible reception centres.
- Change room facilities that significantly exceed width requirements. For example, oversize shower and changing stalls to accommodate a family with young children or individuals using an assistive device.
The Richmond facility at 7191 Granville Avenue boasts a spacious 790 square metre (8,500 sq. ft.) fitness centre with a full complement of cardio, strength and stretching equipment as well as a large 176 square metre (1,900 sq. ft.) fitness studio that hosts a variety of group fitness classes.
It is also one of the province’s premier aquatic facilities with a 650 square metre (7,000 square foot) leisure pool, a rapid flowing river channel, two 25 metre pools for recreational and lane swimming, along with an over water climbing wall, drop slide and diving board. The aquatic centre is also home to Canada’s largest hot tub as well as the country’s only municipal cold plunge pool.
The International Olympic Committee, International Paralympic Committee, and International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities presented the award in Cologne, Germany. There were 86 contenders for the various categories of this year’s international architecture prize coming from countries such as Japan, Montenegro, Peru, Syria, Canada, Australia and the United States. Winners include the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, England; Helsinki Olympic Stadium in Finland; and the Ariake Gymnastics Centre in Tokyo, Japan.
Information on the award and recipients can be found at https://iaks.sport/