Naked in Salzburg
Paracelsus Bad & Kurhaus
Berger+Parkkinen Architekten, Agrob Buchtal
Wall and floor tiles of the Savona series of Agrob Buchtal play a key role in this.
Continuing this tradition was one of the most important goals of the City of Salzburg when it decided to demolish the outdated previous building from the 1950s and replace it by a new building with an enlarged range of facilities.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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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Schönbrunner Straße 213-215
A – 1120 Wien
Agrob Buchtal GmbH
Paracelsus Bad & Kurhaus
A – 5020 Salzburg