Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Les Thermes in Strassen, Luxembourg
May 4th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: HVP
A large communal leisure amenity set in the landscape but yet easily reachable in terms of transportation. The building is elliptical in plan, the volume is (to quote the architects) a “flying saucer”. Deliveries are made underground; at ground floor level there is a large entrance hall that functions as a distributor and is connected to the swimming area by floor-toceiling glazing. From the hall one makes one’s way to the changing rooms, swimming zones, sauna area as well as to the lift leading to the upper floor. There are three different swimming areas, each separated by broad relaxation zones with rich planting and separate access to the outside.
Two of the zones offer sports pools, wave pools, a whirlpool, an 80-metre-long slide, et cetera. The third area contains various kinds of sauna facilities and provides access to a visually screened outdoor area. On the upper level, in addition to the administration offices, there are also two restaurants: one is internal; the other is also accessible from outside. From here there is a seductive view of the baths and the landscape. This is a classic concrete building; the roof structure is made of laminated timber beams – due to the large spans but also to the aggressive chlorine in the air.
Both floors and walls in the hall and wet areas have the same covering to achieve a certain degree of homogeneity. In the entrance hall and in the main public entrance the walls have been left in exposed concrete, but have been given a colour glaze. In all areas the architects have paid particular attention to creating views through the building and of the outdoors. It is intended to erect a fitness centre on the upper floor in a second building phase.
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