University of North Texas


Recreation Center

Denton, Texas

140,000 GSF, 13,006 M2

Architecture, Interior Architecture, Programming


In need of a facility to serve the recreation and social needs of its students – as well as to house a competitive swimming pool and spectator areas for athletic events -- the University of North Texas challenged SmithGroupJJR to create an iconic, signature campus building.

The design team responded with a flexible design wrapped in a bold, energetic aesthetic mode. Located on a prominent corner, the center provides lounge areas and food service creating a recreational and gathering space for students and visitors. An expansive glass wall facing the busy campus street combined with a prominent, stylized glass cone suspended over a climbing wall make the complex a point of pride for the community, students, and sports fans.

A gymnasium, leisure pool, weight/fitness room and exercise rooms are all visible from a two-story central atrium, so workout activities create energy and excitement indoors. Meanwhile, the lap pool enjoys a dedicated entrance and seating area for spectators of competitive swimming events. This makes different operating hours possible for the two areas, helping generate rental revenue.

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Recreation Management Magazine Feature
The Student Recreation Center is featured in Recreation Management with a focus on student space.