Rulantica

Silent giant

The Rulantica indoor water world

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Situation

The incomparable Rulantica fairy tale water world in Baden-Württemberg offers adventurous and extraordinary aquatic fun for the whole family. The gigantic water park with an area of 40,000 square metres is located in the immediate vicinity of Europapark Rust, Germany’s largest amusement park.

Embedded within 450,000 m² premises, which also includes a hotel, the magical Scandinavian water world comprises nine elaborately themed areas that are populated by fantasy creatures such as mermaids, trolls and sea monsters.

Rulantica’s attractions include 17 water slides, the largest wave pool in Germany, a flow channel, several water playgrounds for different age groups and waterfalls.

Rulantica

Behind Rulantica’s imaginative and mystical scenery there is also a diverse story based on the youth book series with the same name by Michaela Hanauer. The story tells about the orphan Mats and the mermaid Aquina from the mysterious island of Rulantica in the North Sea.

The park’s interior comprises a 32,000 m² large hall that is 20 metres in height, the shape of which is reminiscent of a shell. It is traversed by one of the largest wooden roofs in Europe, made of natural wooden trusses (spanning up to 50 metres) and supported by five circularly arranged concrete columns with a diameter of 1.20 m.

Construction

A complex ventilation concept ensures that inlet air flows in from above and the air is drawn in at the lower area of the hall. The technology was installed in specially developed wooden framework boxes. In this way, pollutants are optimally removed from the water surface.

The main facade is divided into five 33-metre-wide elements by facade towers. With their filigree steel and glass constructions, they allow a noticeable amount of daylight into the hall.

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Ceilings

The fact that it is surprisingly quiet in the impressive Rulantica bathing world is, on the one hand, due to the many rocks and decorative elements, and, on the other hand, due to the Troldtekt acoustic panels built into the ceiling.

The panels, which are suitable for damp rooms and made from the 100 percent natural building materials wood and cement, are characterised by excellent sound-absorbing properties. The acoustic panels were also installed in the heavily frequented foyer and in the changing room area.

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Project data

Architect

pbr
Planungsbüro Rohling AG
Hauptsitz Osnabrück
Albert-Einstein-Straße 2
D – 49076 Osnabrück

Ceiling

Troldtekt A/S
Sletvej 2A
DK – 8310 Tranbjerg J

Client

Europa-Park Freizeit und Familienpark Mack KG
Europa-Park-Straße 2
D -77977 Rust

Physical address

Rulantica
Roland-Mack-Ring 1
D – 77977 Rust

Opening

2019

Author

Olaf Wiechers, Architekt
Büro für Architektur  +  Mediendienstleistungen
Klaus-Groth-Str. 1
D – 21629 Neu Wulmstorf

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Isfuglen

Hot and cold with a view

The Isfuglen winter bathing club

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Matters & Troldtekt Acoustic panels

Situation

The winter bathing club “Isfuglen” (Kingfisher) at Brøndby harbour has created a great clubhouse. Club members can enjoy cold goosebumps, hot saunas and a cosy get-together here.

With its jetties, yachts and leisure activities, Brøndby harbour is a charming meeting place for residents living south-west of Copenhagen. Almost all of the many small wooden houses are painted red. The Isfuglen winter bathing club has also taken up the tradition of rust-red wood.

Identity

At the very edge of the harbour construction, the wooden structure catches the eye and welcomes everyone who enters the harbour by boat.

Its opening to the water is one of the many qualities of Isfuglen. From the large terrace that connects the clubhouse with the main pier, members can enjoy the view of the open Baltic Sea. There are benches here that invite you to linger.

Programme

Inside, Isfuglen offers club members access to a sauna with a panoramic view of the sea and the horizon. Further facilities are of course changing rooms, showers and toilets.

The main room with a kitchenette is generously dimensioned and warm. The walls are made of plywood, the ceiling has Troldtekt acoustic panels as cladding. Winter bathers like to meet here for morning coffee.

Atmosphere

The large windows and glazed doors allow for close contact with the harbour and the sky above. The room is flooded with daylight and the created atmosphere is fantastic.

The wood and the Troldtekt panels underline the warm atmosphere and create great interior acoustics. The interior appears simple and complex at the same time. This is due to the fact that the ceilings reflect the shape of the small gable roofs with which the wooden house ensemble is covered. A mirror wall reflects the great view of the building’s interior. Inside and outside become one.

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Project data

Architect

Matters
Ewaldsgade 7, 1. sal
DK – 2200 København N

Ceiling

Troldtekt A/S
Sletvej 2A
DK – 8310 Tranbjerg J

Client

Brøndby Kommune

Physical address

Isfuglen
Brøndby Havn
Brøndby Havnevej 35, Sydøen
DK – 2650 Hvidovre

Opening

2019

Photograph

Helene Høyer Mikkelsen

Author

Helene Høyer Mikkelsen

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Ernst Ulrich Tillmanns

A day at the sea

Ernst Ulrich Tillmanns on constructing swimming pools

Introduction

Imagine diving into cool, clear water under a blue sky on a warm summer’s day – as Die Fantastischen Vier (The Fantastic Four) describe in their song “Ein Tag am Meer (A day by the sea)”.

“Du spürst die Lebensenergie (You feel the energy of life)
Die durch dich durchfließt (That flows through you)
Das Leben wie noch nie in Harmonie und genießt (Life like never before in harmony and you enjoy it)
Es gibt nichts zu verbessern (There is nothing that can be improved)
Nichts was noch besser wär’ (Nothing that could be even better)
Außer dir im Jetzt und Hier (Except you in the here and now)
Und dem Tag am Meer (And the day at the sea)”

It is precisely this experience of a refreshing swim outdoors that Ernst Ulrich Tillmanns and his colleagues from 4a Architekten strive for when designing swimming pools. 4a Architects have already designed, built or renovated numerous swimming pools in Germany, Austria and Russia – and have won several prizes in the process.

Each swimming pool is different

“Good swimming pools combine efficient functionality with an inviting atmosphere,” says Ernst Ulrich Tillmanns, managing director of 4a Architects. “Every swimming pool is different. No matter whether you are building a modern wellness club from expensive materials or renovating a simple swimming pool from the 1960s. It is always possible to come up with a good design in which guests feel comfortable. First and foremost, the bathing facility’s functionality and the atmosphere have to be observed.

Essential design elements are light and colour, with which different areas can be accentuated.

Avoid slaughterhouses

In order for the building to fulfil its intended function perfectly, all areas must be connected and well organised. Guests should find their way around with ease, the available space must be used optimally.

“It is very important not to waste space and to ensure that the design is as transparent as possible. If you start planning early, you can save a lot of money,” says Ernst Ulrich Tillmanns. “The atmosphere of the building is just as important. Some older swimming pools, like slaughterhouses, have white tiles and therefore look rather cold. Instead, it’s better creating a warm and inviting feeling of wellness. Therefore, choosing the right materials is crucial.”

Wood and water

Ernst Ulrich Tillmanns has his favourite among the available materials: wood.

“There is a lot of water at ground level. Tiles and concrete are preferable there. But a metre above that, wood is a very good material, both for the walls and ceilings. It is a natural material that does not corrode, lends a great atmosphere and is resistant.”

In the form of ceiling tiles, wood also ensures pleasant acoustics, which is a very decisive factor for a swimming pool to become a success.

Nature at the pool

Ernst Ulrich Tillmanns speaks up for an architecture that brings nature into the interior of the building.

“Since we humans prefer swimming outdoors, it is important to create the impression that you are being active outdoors. This can be achieved with large glass surfaces that create a visual connection between the interior and exterior. Other options are light colours and wood wool to carry the outside atmosphere inside. We did this, for example, when renovating the Lochenbad, a smaller swimming pool from the 1970s. With bright green acoustic panels and large glass surfaces, it seems as if bathers are immersed in a natural landscape”.

The importance of acoustics

Wood wool should not only create a natural atmosphere. Ernst Ulrich Tillmanns emphasises the importance of acoustics in the pool area, especially when large glass surfaces are part of the room that is already dominated by hard surfaces.

“It is very important to use acoustic materials for the ceilings. People should be able to have fun and relax. A pool area with poor acoustics is bad for the brain. I once visited an older swimming pool with a large glass dome over the swimming pool area. The noise level was almost unbearable.”

Variety

He concludes: “If materials enable variety of design in addition to acoustic properties, this offers us architects great potential.

One example is the recently opened water and leisure park in Kusel. The coloured ceiling elements in particular lend the building a special charm. With their colour scheme, which is based on a colourful field of flowers, they lend the indoor pool a cheerful atmosphere and, last but not least, its own identity.”

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Contacts

Architect

4a Architekten GmbH
Hallstrasse 25
D – 70376 Stuttgart

Ceiling

Troldtekt A/S
Sletvej 2A
DK – 8310 Tranbjerg J

Photograph

All Photos: Vitalbad Kusel

Olaf Wiechers, Architekt
Büro für Architektur  +  Mediendienstleistungen
Klaus-Groth-Str. 1
D – 21629 Neu Wulmstorf

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Johannes Bühlbecker
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Kusel swimming pool

Not everybody has this

Kusel swimming pool

 

 

 

4a Architects

Situation

In order to enable bathing to continue economically, the existing bathing landscape of the Kusel swimming pool – Vitalbad Kusel – needed to a very large extent to be deconstructed and rebuilt.

The aim of the design was to develop the functional new construction as an attractive landscaped bathing area with a high quality of space in which to spend time and a distinct character and to make maximum use of synergy effects.

Kusel

The municipality of Kusel nestles scenically in the natural region of the Palatinate Uplands and with 5,400 inhabitants it is Germany’s second smallest district town. The Vitalbad aquatic and recreational park is located at the north-western edge of the town.

The aim of the redevelopment of Kusel swimming pool was to increase the attractiveness of the aquatic park and to increase the feel-good factor as weil as bringing the baths technically up to date.

Original

The original single-storey building was organised for classic bathing from east to west. comprising a foyer with catering facilities, changing areas and a bathing hall with pools for non-swimmers and for swimmers, diving towers, a slide facility and an outdoor pool accessible from indoors. The outdoor pool area with outbuildings and sunbathing lawns used to be adjacent to the south.

In order to enable economic bathing in future, Kusel swimming pool had to be almost completely stripped down to the bathing platform. Only the basement and the slide tower were retained.

All the parts of the existing building were stripped back to their shell and provided with new surfaces on the floor, wall and ceiling.

Aims

The basis for the alignment and design of Kusel swimming pool was the existing basement on which the new building was erected. The shape and geometry of the swimmers’ and non-swimmers’ pools were retained in the existing building but were re-tiled and the diving facility was replaced.

The aim was to keep the shape of the building as compact as possible and to optimise the functional procedures, for example in order to be able to staff the pay desk and catering area with only one person during off-peak periods.

Structure

Due to greater roof loads, the existing spatial framework was replaced with a frame construction consisting of welded double-T steel girders. The white steel girders are positioned in a transverse direction to the building and span across the entire width of the building.

A wooden substructure with suspended lightweight wood-wool boards ensures excellent acoustics within the building and lends a summer-fresh ambience to the interior space. In order to reduce the volume of the building, the height of the building was adapted to the use of each area as part of the redevelopment.

Ceiling

The ceiling height of the ancillary rooms is lower compared with the bathing hall, while the roof in the diving area turns upwards.

In addition, the façade was repositioned outwards so that the supports for the steel load-bearing system stand inside the building. This prevents the energetically disadvantageous penetration of the outer skin while additional surfaces are gained.

Functionality

The entrance to the indoor and outdoor pools remains on the south side of the building. Along the glazed entrance façade, a roof overhang provides a protected outdoor area towards the outdoor pool.

Via the transparently designed foyer with a catering area, bathers gain their first views into the bathing area and reach the bathing hall via the changing areas and sanitary facilities. Structurally, the ancillary rooms form three cubes with rounded edges between which there are passageways with visual axes towards the bathing hall.

Design

A brightly coloured design runs throughout the whole building. The fresh ceiling design in particular gives Kusel swimming pool a unique identity and a cheerful atmosphere. In contrast to this, the wall and floor surfaces were designed in calm, dark shades.

The additional bathing offering with a new children’s area and hot whirlpool and the extended recreational and reclining areas likewise increase the welcoming quality of the new aquatic park.

Outdoor area

The water surfaces in the outdoor pool area were reduced in order to make the running of the baths more economical. There is no need for a non-swimmers’ pool and, with four lanes, the new stainless-steel swimmers’ pool is smaller than in the original construction.

The recreational pool remains in the original structure after the redevelopment of the pool border and surroundings.

Additions

A new outdoor children’s pool and a mud area were added for younger bathers. A new changing building was also added constructed as a cold building. The kiosk between the swimmers’ pool and the slide facility remained in the original building.

The basement had tobe structurally extended for the technical installations of the indoor and outdoor pools.

Budget

The tight budget for the redevelopment of Kusel swimming pool is reflected in certain parameters, for example the volume of the building, the water surfaces and also, in part, the design of the surfaces.

lrrespective of this, it was possible to form the indoor and outdoor pools as a unit in terms of design and functionality and to give the new Vitalbad a brightly coloured radiance and an identity of its own.

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Project data

Architect

4a Architekten GmbH
Hallstraße 25
D – 70376 Stuttgart

Project team

Ernst Ulrich Tillmanns
Torsten Hannig, Jonas Straß, Joanna Lackorzynska, Charlie Lang, Alena Zgorskaya
Sylvia Gmelin

Client

Vitalbad Pfälzer Bergland GmbH

Physical address

Vitalbad Kusel
Trierer Straße 194
D – 66869 Kusel

Ceiling

Troldtekt® Akustikplatten

Ceramic Tiles

Agrob Buchtal

Photograph

David Matthiessen, Stuttgart

Author

4a Architects

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Jamsil Hangang Park

Curving & connecting

Jamsil Hangang Park in Seoul

100 Architects

About

A creative international collaboration between 100 Architects (Shanghai), Carve (Amsterdam) and Urien (Seoul), with the local coordination & support of the landscape architect Walter Ryu, has resulted in this proposal for a leisure facility in Seoul, South Korea.

Bring back the glory

With the purpose of improving the existing public facility of the Swimming Pool in Jamsil Hangang Park, the Municipality of Seoul launched a competition for a design solution that would bring back the former glory of this 30-years-old facility on the banks of the Hang River.

Not only by renovating the Swimming Pools themselves, but also seeking a solution that would reactivate the entire Park as a public destination within the City of Seoul.

Bring back nature

Our mission transcended the renovation of the existing pools, targeting the reestablishment of the natural landscape and fulfilling an entire urban regeneration, turning Hangang Park into a major urban and ecological landmark for the city of Seoul, to be used throughout all seasons.

The proposal unifies the pool complex with the surrounding cultural facilities. On the West, the Sagak Sagak Artistic Area, and on the East, the Botanical Learning Center. The plan connects those 3 facilities through a system of meandering interweaved pedestrian paths, allowing easy pedestrian accessibility between all of them, transforming the entire riverfront into a prominent public natural destination.

Taegeuk

The joint proposal draws its inspiration from Taegeuk, the traditional Korean symbol which can be found in the National Flag of South Korea, as a very honored, loyal illustrative and recognizable shape. A perfect circle split in two halves, red & blue, representing the balance in the universe.

The search for this balance between nature & architecture, is the core of our design, translating the Taegeuk into a circular architectural object, a pedestrian walkway that encloses the main pool facility. This circular walkway is interrupted at the riverbank, hovering over the river, a belvedere allowing amazing views over the Hang River.

The walkway

Curving upwards towards the highway, the elevated pedestrian walkway shields the pools from the traffic noise. At the same time, it accommodates necessary indoor facilities under its roof.

It flattens at the intersection with the riverfront promenade, in order to ease pedestrian connectivity; and finally, it protrudes over the riverbank, creating two walkable piers overlooking both, the river and the restored nature of the riverbank.

Valuable interaction

The undulating intertwined pedestrian paths create opportunities and affordances for the park’s public program. Programmatic interventions for entertainment and leisure spaces within the natural environment are envisioned, offering valuable interactions with nature. Spaces for practicing a wide range of sports, resting areas, shading structures and natural kids playscapes, resulting in a multifunctional park suitable for all kind of ages.

All pools are designed in a sustainable way to naturally clean its water by using a helophyte filtering system with reeds planted around the pools. The treatment of cleaning the water is naturally done by bacteria living in the roots of the planted reeds.

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Architect

100 Architects

Marcial Jesús, Javier González, Lara Broglio, Mónica Páez, Keith Gong, Cosima Jiang, Ponyo Zhao, Elena Michelutti

Architect

Carve

Elger Blitz, Marleen Beek, Elke Krausmann, Susanna Vissani, Gaia Gleriani, Wilco Spruyt

Client

Seoul Metropolitan City

Address

Jamsil Hangang Park Pool
Seoul, South Korea

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Paracelsus Bad & Kurhaus

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Paracelsus Bad & Kurhaus

Berger+Parkkinen Architekten, Agrob Buchtal

About

The Paracelsus Bad & Kurhaus, which opened in the 4th quarter of 2019, is already exceptional because it is located in the middle of the city of Salzburg (Austria) as a five-storey spa, bathing and sauna world. In addition, the architects from the Viennese office Berger+Parkkinen created an impressive building sculpture which offers a high degree of security despite its extensive openness.

Wall and floor tiles of the Savona series of Agrob Buchtal play a key role in this.

Situation

The new Paracelsus Bad & Kurhaus is located on the edge of Salzburg’s old town, which is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site – directly next to the spa gardens and Mirabell Castle, where people have been bathing and recovering already for more than 150 years.

Continuing this tradition was one of the most important goals of the City of Salzburg when it decided to demolish the outdated previous building from the 1950s and replace it by a new building with an enlarged range of facilities.

Three areas

Anyone approaching the new building from the spa gardens will come across a slightly curved monolithic structure, whose cladding of vertical marble-white ceramic lamellar elements provides extensive openness at the same time. “It is only at second glance that you become aware of the classic building division into base, beletage and upper floor”, says architect Alfred Berger.

Base floor

The gymnastics, massage and therapy rooms of the Kurhaus as well as the entrance and changing rooms of the swimming pool and sauna area are located on the three levels of the base floor.

Behind the glass facade of the beletage, the ceiling of the swimming hall, modelled as a gently undulating spatial sculpture, is clearly visible. Above it are the pool and sauna restaurant as well as the sauna area with four saunas, steam bath and roof terrace with Infinity Pool.

Arrival

The fact that the architects have succeeded in creating a uniformly designed building despite independently articulated areas is already evident in the entrance hall. The focal point is a wide “stairway to heaven” with marble-white terrazzo steps and landings, which seems to lead straight under the undulating ceiling of the swimming hall.

Only when one has reached the cash desk on the 2nd upper floor leading to the bathing and sauna area, the large fixed glazing separating the entrance area from the bathing world becomes visible.

Changing areas

After the access control, the visitors first enter the changing area, whose changing cubicles, striped in light green and blue, are reminiscent of airy beach chairs by the sea.

The 60 cm long porcelain stoneware tiles from Agrob Buchtal’s Savona series, laid alternately in 20 and 30 cm wide strips on walls and floors, also fit into this picture. Their lively, moving surfaces in the shade of lime, together with the irregularity of the free bond, create a secure, earthy-warm room atmosphere.

Stairway to heaven

Via the upper part of the “stairway to heaven”, the bathers finally reach the swimming hall with diving platform, sports, children’s and family pool. This staircase opens up visual references to the entrance hall as well as to the changing and bathing areas and thus significantly facilitates orientation in the building.

It is particularly impressive when bathers arrive at the large, light-flooded swimming hall on their way up – as if “emerging” directly from the ground. There, they not only find a spacious bathing landscape with a seemingly weightlessly meandering suspended ceiling, but also a variety of views of Salzburg’s old town and the spa gardens.

Colour composition

A contrast to this overwhelming spectacle of nature and forms is the restrained colour and material concept of the bathing landscape. The sand-brown or white surfaces of the walls and the ceiling are predominant, as are the floors, which are also completely covered with lime-coloured tiles from the Savona series.

Thanks to the same size, colour and laying method as in the changing room and the upper “stairway to heaven”, the entire changing and bathing area appears as a coherent space continuum.

The only and thus determining colour accent is provided by the water basins glowing in light turquoise, which are atmospherically reminiscent of the many crystal-clear mountain lakes in the vicinity of Salzburg. This effect is based on 12.5 x 25 cm wall and floor tiles of the Chroma Pool series in the shade of medium turquoise. “The glaze makes the water appear in a natural way as if it were shimmering by itself”, explains Berger.

View of the Mönchsberg

As an integral part of the space continuum of the bathing landscape, the entire floor of the sauna area on the 5th floor also has porcelain stoneware tiles from the Savona series laid in strips, there however in the colour anthracite. This colour perfectly harmonizes with the wood-covered walls, but also refers to the dark, rugged Mönchsberg rock, one of the landmarks of Salzburg’s old town.

The tiles are not only to be found in the access and rest areas, but also as an architectural link in the showers and in the saunas, some of which are oriented towards the glass facade. “The possibility of being able to use Savona anywhere in the swimming bath in principle – on the floor and walls as well as in the water and in the sauna – was decisive for us when it came to selecting a suitable tile”, says Berger.

Infinity Pool on the roof terrace

In both senses of the word, the highlight of every sauna visit at the Paracelsus Bad & Kurhaus undoubtedly is the outdoor pool on the southern roof terrace, designed as Infinity Pool. A small part of the pool serves the sauna guests as a cold plunge pool, while the rest is designed as a 32° warm brine pool.

Thanks to the raised pool on the roof surface with elevated water level and a low overflow channel on the outside, the view of almost the whole of Salzburg is unobstructed.

The gently rounded pool edges and the anthracite-coloured 5 x 5 cm mosaic tiles of the Chroma Plural series create a delicate small-scale structure conveying a feeling of security and well-being in the pool, which is designed as a nude bathing area. 

Conclusion

Even though the building opens to the city in many places, this feeling of security can be experienced everywhere. It is created not least by the pleasantly consistent design concept, which is based on natural colours and materials and thus offers an intuitively sensual bathing world – an important aspect in a place where people meet in vulnerable nudity.

The Paracelsus Bad & Kurhaus offers great gestures and finest details. It offers its guests a wide range of services in many different areas. Through the skilful combination of flowing floor plans and rich materials, it is an extraordinary experience in every space.

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Berger+Parkkinen Architekten
Schönbrunner Straße 213-215
A – 1120 Wien

Opening

2019

Tiles

Agrob Buchtal GmbH
Buchtal 1
D-92521 Schwarzenfeld

 

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Paracelsus Bad & Kurhaus
Auerspergstraße 2
A – 5020 Salzburg

 

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Hubertus Pool

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Hotel Hubertus

The Hotel Hubertus is located in Valdaora, at the foot of the famous ski and hiking area Kronplatz in the Puster Valley at an altitude of about 1350 m.

The family establishment was generously enhanced and enlarged with 16 new suites, a new kitchen with restaurants and “Stuben”, an entrance area with lobby, reception and wine cellar and a fitness and a relaxation room with panoramic terraces.

The new 25 m long pool, functioning as a connector between old and new, underlines the essence of this comprehensive renovation and renewal project.

Hubertus Pool

The new Hubertus Pool, which imposingly rests in-between the two accommodation wings, seems like a floating rock, come to rest at the site, overlooking the valley. The hidden edges of the pool, kept in anthracite-coloured stone, abolish the gap between pool and landscape, creating the impression of the water flowing into nothing, disappearing between pool and landscape.

The pool metaphorically reminds of a mountain lake, nestled into the astonishing mountainscape of the UNESCO World Heritage site, the Dolomites.

Challenge

The key challenge in the project was to create a link between the existing building and the new design, in order to keep a uniformal and consistent appearance. The debarked larch trunks, which were used as multifunctional façade elements for the existing and new building, succeed in creating this aesthetical connection. The multifunctional façade elements of debarked larch trunks create an optical link between existing and new, maintaining the homogeneous appearance of the project. They not only support the dynamics of the curved façade, but function also as sunscreens, room dividers and rain protectors, further enhancing the feeling of privacy and in addition to this forming the static basis for the cantilevering pool and façade.

Floating

Hubertus Pool is floating like a natural rock over the new accommodation wing. Without any visible boarders, a width of 5 m, a length of 25 m and a depth of 1,30 m the over 17 m cantilevering pool can be seen as completely unique.

The position of the pool, which floats 12 m above the ground, at its extreme edge, gives the swimmer the feeling of floating – weightlessly between heaven and earth. This impression is further reinforced by the glass front and a glazed window on the bottom of the pool.

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Zionskirchstr 56
I – 39100 Bolzano

Zionskirchstraße 56
D – 10119 Berlin

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Hotel Hubertus
Via Furcia, 5
I – 39030 Sorafurcia

Opening

2016

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Sportbad Friedrichshafen

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Sportbad Friedrichshafen

Behnisch Architects

About

After the relocation of the trade fair to the nearby airport, an attractive sports and leisure area was created on the old fair grounds at Riedlepark in addition to a shopping centre. Situated right next to the ZF-Arena, the complex houses Friedrichshafen’s new aquatic sports center as well as a parking garage.

Behnisch Architekten has designed the new aquatic sports center Sportbad Friedrichshafen as a building that reveals its qualities from the inside out: this newbuild, with its differentiated roofscape, is arranged around a landscaped internal courtyard and resembles an island of relaxation and recuperation. A sport pool, sauna area and water features all contribute to a diverse amenity that appeals to adults, children, sport fans, and recreational users alike.

The idea of flowing transitions in a two-storey bathing and sauna landscape was skilfully implemented not least with tiles from the brands Agrob Buchtal and Jasba.

Access

The newly completed public area situated between the aquatic sports center, parking garage, and ZF-Arena will function as an open-air space for many different purposes. Vehicles are banned from the forecourt in front of the center, making it an attractive entrance for recreational and athletic guests.

Behnisch Architekten designed a differentiated, well-proportioned ensemble structured around an interior courtyard and landscaped garden. This island of relaxation opens up on a number of levels with attractive exterior areas and a sauna garden. A continuous roof is staggered in height, bringing the structure together and harmoniously linking the various functional sections.

The surrounding glass facades make the Sportbad Friedrichshafen recognizable already from the outside as a bathing landscape. The division into a spacious bathing area with swimming pool and children’s pool on the ground floor and a more intimate upper floor with sauna, catering and staff rooms is also easy to read.

Flooded with light, the foyer of the aquatic sports center welcomes visitors with a pleasant atmosphere; it also gives individual guests and school and club groups sufficient space to meet up and spend some time. The transparent design provides views through to the pool area and lets visitors get their initial bearings.

The pools

After people have walked past the ticket desk they divide up and go to different destinations around the building. Sauna guests use a wide staircase to access the upper level, while swimmers pass the vanity areas to enter the changing cubicles for individual and groups.

On a total water surface of around 1,200 m², several heated swimming pools and a variety of water attractions are available on ground floor level. These include

– a swimming pool with six lanes

– a school and club pool with five lanes

– a course pool with movable floor

– a multi pool with floor bubbles and neck showers

– an outdoor saline pool with swim out channel, bubble loungers and massage jets

– a toddler pool

– an 83 m long water slide

All swimming pools and pool surrounds as well as the floors of all showers, changing rooms and access areas are provided with finely coordinated and precisely defined tile coverings of the brand Agrob Buchtal.

The sports pool is barrier-free and accessible at ground level. There is a mobile lift for wheelchair users in the pool, which is driven to the desired pool by the staff.

Courtyard

The heart of the complex is the landscaped interior courtyard. From the outside this wonderful world is only discreetly discernible, although it never seems too heavily screened. It can only really be experienced when the visitor enters the building and steps through to the interior: an open-air section with patios and a sauna garden, enclosed from all sides and abundantly planted and brought to life with bushes and small trees.

Arranged around this interior courtyard are the bathing areas, with a textile steam bath (swimsuits required), the external swimming channel, an area for babies and toddlers featuring various attractions, a learners’ pool, a swimmers’ pool, and an eighty-meter water slide. The pool for schools and clubs has an integrated diving section with one-meter, three-meter, and five-meter boards, and part of the floor can be raised or lowered.

Atmosphere

The appearance of the bathing world on the ground floor is characterized in particular by the high proportion of daylight, the spaciousness and the consistently sporty, fresh and yet unobtrusive colours. The walls and ceilings appear in velvety fair-faced concrete or with warm wood cladding.

The essential link for the seamless transitions between the individual bathing areas are the porcelain stoneware floor tiles of the Trias series from Agrob Buchtal, which are uniformly finished in zinc grey. They were used in two formats: as a filigree 5 x 5 cm mosaic and as 30 x 60 cm tiles. This larger format was laid in free bond above all in the changing rooms as well as in the access and rest zones.

The mosaic format also realized with ceramic tiles of the brand Agrob Buchtal can be found around the swimming pools and in the wet areas. On the one hand, because it reliably meets the requirements of slip resistance class R11/B and on the other hand, because connections to other components such as drains, columns, gutters etc. or drainage areas can be realized more easily and aesthetically with this small format.

The swimming area

The materials used for the swimming area underline its open and transparent character, suffused with light. Patterned with holes and acoustically effective, the warmly toned wooden ceiling makes for a pleasant contrast.

All heated benches are covered with round mosaics not least because a specific advantage of this material is that it clings directionlessly and homogeneously to such curved structures like a tailor-made suit.

The changing and sanitary rooms are decorated bright yellow to compensate atmospherically for the absence of daylight.

The heated benches and circles

The organically shaped heated benches in sea green offer seating and lounging places for relaxing. At the same time they set pleasant colour accents and also structure the bathing landscape.

They have partial surfaces with round mosaics with a diameter of 1 cm, which then merge into round mosaics with a diameter of 2 cm via vertical surfaces. The horizontal surfaces of the heated benches were designed in the slip-resistant R11/B version because it cannot be ruled out that young bathers will walk on them. The round mosaic of the Loop series also decorates the walls and the floor of the children’s pool. In order to intuitively convey to the little ones the increasing depth of water towards one side, the floor has an even colour gradient from light aqua blue to aqua blue over a length of 3 metres.

The architects also decided in favour of round mosaics because circles play a key role in the building concept of smooth transitions. As a recurring design element, they have a significant influence on the general appearance of the sports pool: in addition to round columns, skylights and luminaires, there are also acoustic ceilings with round perforations.

Sauna world

The sauna world on the upper level successfully integrates various kinds of sauna, innovative shower experiences, a plunge pool, assorted quiet spaces featuring different moods, and a room with an open hearth—all adding up to the perfect conditions for hours of relaxation.

The catering facilities are situated on the upper level too, between the swimming and sauna areas; these can be used by visitors to both sections. An elegant open staircase links not only the different functions but also both levels at this point.

With regard to formats and locations, the floor tiles of the Trias series of Agrob Buchtal were used identically in the sauna area of the upper floor as in the bathing landscape on the ground floor. The only difference is the slightly darker colour iron ore, which, together with the generally warmer and earthier range of colours, creates a cosy room atmosphere.

Experience showers and sea steam bath

The architects composed the experience showers with great attention to details: they were also executed with round mosaics (2 cm diameter) from the Loop series in a specially designed colour gradient from coral-red to bronze-metallic to dark violet, produced by Agrob Buchtal especially for this project.

The sea steam bath offers another, likewise unmistakable colour world. Square 2 x 2 cm mosaics of the Amano series of the brand Jasba were used there. With the colours anthracite and pure blue as well as watercolour-like, glossy surfaces, this ceramic wall covering makes atmospheric reference to the underwater world of the nearby Lake Constance.

Conclusion

The Sportbad Friedrichshafen follows a clear plan – from concept to detail. The whole is more here than the sum of its parts and makes the Sportbad Friedrichshafen a model for unpretentious but at the same time memorable architecture.

The Sportbad Friedrichshafen is a showcase example of how strong the emotional effect of ceramic wall and floor tiles can be. The great variety of colours, forms and formats in this project is never an end in itself, but always part of a sensuous holistic overall composition, which lives not least from details that are initially hardly noticeable, such as, for example, the letter plates made of floor tiles from the series Trias of Agrob Buchtal, which indicate the depth of the water at the pool edges.

Instead of using standard off-the-shelf stainless steel panels, the architects wanted to use tiles of different colours to create a homogeneous appearance. After cutting out the numerals using water jet technology, the parts were reassembled, pointed and integrated as “ceramic inlays” with a casual naturalness – one of many proofs for the successful symbiosis of unobtrusive creativity and architectural stringency.

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Companies involved & Links

Client

City of Friedrichshafen
Stadtbauamt Friedrichshafen
Charlottenstraße 12
D – 88046 Friedrichshafen

 

Operator

City of Friedrichshafen
Amt für Bildung, Betreuung und Sport
Bäderbetriebe
Sportpark 1
D – 88046 Friedrichshafen

 

Architects

Behnisch Architekten
Rotebühlstraße 163A
D – 70197 Stuttgart

 

Address

Sportbad Friedrichshafen
Am Sportpark 1
D – 88045 Friedrichshafen

Opening

2019

Tiles

Agrob Buchtal GmbH
Buchtal 1
D-92521 Schwarzenfeld

 

Photos

©Behnisch Architekten/Agrob Buchtal
Fotos: David Matthiessen

Text

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WERK12 in Munich

MVRDV

AAHHH

The design of WERK12 combines a simple form, honest materials, and transparent façades. Users can move around the building in multiple ways: the design’s external circulation core on the building’s northeastern side is supplemented by 3.25-metre-wide terraces that surround each floor of the building. These are connected by external staircases curling around the building to connect these generous open spaces (a playful reference to one of MVRDV’s most famous early projects, the Dutch Pavilion at the Expo2000 in Hanover). This public route up the building blurs the distinction between interior and exterior, placing the interior spaces in conversation with exterior balconies. These are additionally finished in the same material as the ground-level sidewalks to emphasise their status as part of the public area of the building.

OH

The façade is animated by an urban art piece developed in tandem with local artists Christian Engelmann and Beate Engl, comprising bold lettering spelling out common expressions taken from the German version of Donald Duck comics. This 5-metre-tall lettering, and the colloquial nature of the expressions chosen, are a tribute to the graffiti culture and extensive use of signage found on the old site. At night, the appearance of the building is transformed by its illumination strategy. Simple geometries and honest materials morph into a vibrant lightshow.

PUH

“The area of the Werksviertel-Mitte district has already undergone such interesting changes, transforming from a potato factory to a legendary entertainment district,” says founding partner of MVRDV Jacob van Rijs. “With our design, we wanted to respect and celebrate that history, while also creating a foundation for the next chapter. WERK12 is stylish and cool on one hand, but on the other it doesn’t take itself so seriously – it’s not afraid to say ‘PUH’ to passers-by!”

HMPF

The five floors of the building are occupied by restaurants and bars on the ground floor, the offices of Audi Business Innovations on the top floor, and a three-storey gym in between that includes one storey dedicated to a swimming pool. WERK12’s floor-to-ceiling glass walls, combined with its location near to the train station, provide the upper levels with stunning views towards central Munich, punctuated in places by the lettering on the building’s terraces – many of which take on a new meaning when read in reverse.

WOW

A key to the design was in the flexibility of the spaces. The building’s extra-high ceilings – with 5.5 metres between each floor – allows for mezzanines or other level changes to be added by future users. The placement of the circulation on the outside of the building means that the interiors can be easily reconfigured, while also providing structural stability through the use of the diagonal staircases.

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Client

OTEC GmbH & Co. KG
ECKhaus | Atelierstraße 1
D – 81671 München

Opening

2019

Photos

Ossip van Duivenbode
Halvemaanpassage 103
NL – 3011DL Rotterdam

Architects

MVRDV Rotterdam
Achterklooster 7
NL – 3011 RA Rotterdam
Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs and Nathalie de Vries, Jacob van Rijs, Fokke Moerel, Markus Nagler, Roy Sieljes and Jonathan Schuster, Antonio Luca Coco, Pavlos Ventouris, Kirill Emelianov

N-V-O Nuyken von Oefele Architekten BDA
Winzererstrasse 44
D – 80797 München

Operator & Address

body + soul
WERK12
Speicherstrasse 20
D – 81671 München

 

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Home is where the pool is

​​Limmasol Tower

Hamonic+Masson & Associés

Cyprus

Cyprus is an exceptional territory. Sea, sun and beauty adorn its landscape and provide the opportunity for unique housing. The proposition for the Limmasol Tower by Hamonic+Masson & Associés seeks to capture this natural splendour for future inhabitants.

Their wild apartment tower concept has round swimming pools sprouting almost organically from the facade on all sides. Limassol Tower grants every unit in the building its own private pool, overlooking the sparkling Mediterranean horizon.

Covering a total of 6,000 square meters (roughly 64,600 square feet), the residential tower houses 19 luxury apartments, an underground fitness zone, art gallery and spa.

Corolla system

The project rises from nature, echoed by the corolla-shaped balconies found in each apartment. Home to private swimming pools and planted green areas, they are like an independent island, but simultaneously have a direct link to the apartment. This creates a luxurious living experience, where exterior meets interior.

A sliding glass door is the only element separating living areas from the balconies, meaning the feeling of being outside is possible simply by opening the window.

The corolla system is also found on the ground floor green landscape; round platforms and sunshades engender a distinctive architectural concept.

Nice contribution

Unique experience

On the ground floor a regal entrance opens the doors to a unique living experience. Hamonic+Masson & Associés seek to enhance quality of living by offering a range of amenities: an underground fitness zone illuminated by natural sunlight, an art gallery on the ground floor and a premium spa on the first floor, all with independent entrances. Wellbeing and luxury combine to create an exclusive living experience.

The design for the Limmasol Tower offers many special features and a lot of amenities. It is not very likely that this design will ever be realized, but it is a beautiful and imaginative contribution to the never-ending theme of “pools in lofty heights”.

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Raphaël Petit
Jean-Charles Augier

 

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Hamonic+Masson & Associés
93 rue Montmartre
F – 75002 Paris

 

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Turó de la Peira

Smells like green spirit

Turó de la Peira sports centre

Anna Noguera + Javier Fernandez

About

In 2015, the Barcelona City Council held an architectural competition for the design of an urban block and a sports facility consisting of an indoor swimming pool and a sports court: Turó de la Peira.

The winning proposal by Anna Noguera and Javier Fernandez frees space from the urban environment prior to the intervention and creates a large garden providing environmental quality. The building is half-buried and minimizes its impact towards the garden through a green gallery that surrounds it.

Urban regenaration

Prior to the intervention, the urban environment was an unstructured space consisting of a sum of residual spaces; a space occupied by a sports court tucked between neighboring buildings, and a pool of obsolete facilities. An urban landscape of hard pavement, concrete walls and total absence of vegetation.

One of the new Turó de la Peira sports centre’s aims is to reclaim the free space inside the block from the old Calderón de la Barca swimming pool to the Turó de la Peira Municipal Sports Track as a green area for local residents. That is why the two old facilities, the swimming pool and the track, have been brought together under the same roof.

Volumetric integration

Turó de la Peira is composed by the overlap of two large spaces: the swimming pool on the ground floor and sports hall on the upper floor.

The building is placed half-buried, adapting the topography and bridging the difference in level between the two streets. The facade to Sant Iscle Street has an urban character, with a corner porch that extends the sidewalk and invites us to enter.

The building minimizes its impact to the garden with a green, surrounding gallery. The volume is one more element of the garden, not mimicking but dialoguing with it.

Energy efficiency

Turó de la Peira was designed under sustainability criteria. And that is because the building was designed for maximum performance: solar orientation, green facade and thermal insulation etc. What is more, it generates renewable energy through photovoltaic panels.

The design of the building has been carried out with passive architecture criteria. Skylights and windows, monitored by sensors, ensure proper cross-ventilation.  

The compact and embedded volume minimizes the façade surface avoiding thermal losses.  The thermal insulation of the whole enclosure has been selectively treated according to solar orientation.

Efficient systems

The building‘s aerothermal system allows the recovery of heat to produce hot water. The lighting has power control systems depending on the natural lighting.

The photovoltaic panels occupy the entire roof deck and generate 90% of the energy needed to run Turó de la Peira.

The excellent characteristics of the wood in relation to its lifecycle, was one of the reasons for choosing the prefabricated system in laminated wood. It was also assessed due to its good mechanical performance, its lightness and its short construction time.

Green façade

A green gallery surrounds Turó de la Peira protecting it from the sun and creating a bioclimatic space. The access ramp to the sports court runs between the facade and the green mesh where the vines grow.

From the court, the entire green facade is totally perceived through the curtain wall, enjoying its flowering changes according to the time of the year.

Water recycling

A large tank located in the basement collects rain water from the roof for reuse for the entire irrigation of the green façade by means of a hydroponic system.

In the garden’s site development, draining strips at the bottom of the slopes collect rainwater to return it to the water table.

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Project data and companies involved

Client

Institut Barcelona Esports
Ajuntament de Barcelona

Architects

Arquitectura Anna Noguera
Javier Fernandez
Aragó 224, 3er 1a
ES – 08011 Barcelona

Text

Anna Noguera
Javier Fernandez

Address

Turó de la Peira
Carrer de Sant Iscle, 50, 54
ES – 08031 Barcelona

Opening

2018

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Sea Horse in Chongqing

100 Architects

30 Million

Sea Horse is a water park designed for the public space of a new residential compound built in Chongqing, a megacity in southwest China (population: 30 Million).

The communal public areas of the compound count with a swimming pool area for residents, which is complemented with this water playscape for kids, with the aim of fostering entertainment & social interactions among resident kids.

Sea Horse

Following with the themed series of Horse playgrounds from our client, they commissioned us this new playscape with the particular request that this one had to include water features in it. When relating the Horse theme park and the water features, it was obvious for us that the twist of this project had to be a Sea Horse approach, the Horse of the water realm.

Therefore, the water park features a main sunken wet area in the shape of a Sea Horse, which can be understood not only from a pedestrian point of view within the playscape, but also from all the surrounding residential towers.

Features

As main wet area, the Sea Horse sunken platform hosts the big majority of water features, customized in the same color palette, and sprinkling water towards the interior of that sunken wet platform.

The surrounding areas of the Sea Horse are treated in a contrasting striped color palette, defining a dry play area which contains dry playful features in order to make the playscape usable & playable also during winter months. Those dry playful features are designed in a circular shape, mimicking water ripples of activity.

Bird’s eye view

The resulting image is a colorful and eye-catching playscape, which includes playing features for kids as well as shaded seating features for adults, visible from all the residential towers surrounding the central public space.

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Photos

Amey Kandalgaonkar

Text

100 Architects

Architects

100 Architects
Shanghai China
Street Architecture & Urban interventions 

Staff

Marcial Jesús, Javier González, Lara Broglio, Mónica Páez, Keith Gong

Address

Pingjiaqiao Road 36
Chongqing China

Opening

2019

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