Historically, Tralee took second place to neighbouring Killarney as a tourist destination, so in the mid 1980’s the local authority decided to commission several attractions, including a new leisure pool, in order to attract tourists. SPACE & PLACE was commissioned to design this facility.
Today The Aqua Dome is one of Irelands Largest Indoor Waterworld’s & Premier Tourist Attractions.
Externally the building makes reference to the local topography with particular reference to the nearby Brandon Mountains and stone age drystone wall structures known as ‘Brochs’.
Internally the building incorporates a stone castle ruin as the anchor to the theming which is fronted by a large wave pool with a long meandering lazy river wrapping around the perimeter of the building.