sports and recreation
West County YMCA
St. Louis MO
"Mackey Mitchell didn't win the YMCA's business because they focused on sports architecture, but rather because they listened to our needs and translated our vision into brick and mortar. "
— Doulas W. Caton
Former Vice President, Property Management
YMCA of Greater St Louis
- The design takes advantage of the site, positioning the building parallel to the slope. The large bulk - gym, natatorium, and two-story locker and exercise rooms - nestle into the hill, while the day-care center, auditorium, administrative space, and entrance are on the uphill side of the site's axis. The pool has clerestory windows overhead, admitting light deep into the building. The roof steps down the hillside, reducing the mass of the space to the neighborhood beyond. Large glass walls give dramatic views to the outdoors.