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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
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.

Aqualux Therme Fohnsdorf in Styria, Austria by Architekten Titus Walter Pernthaler ZT GmbH

December 12th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Architekten Titus Walter Pernthaler ZT GmbH

The history of Fohnsdorf as a coal mining town serves as the inspirational starting point for the design of the thermal bath. The building is situated as a monolithic block seemingly growing out of the existing topography by analogy with the characteristical form of a coal seam.

Children´s Area / Outside Section : Image Courtesy © Architekten Titus Walter Pernthaler ZT GmbH

  • Architects: Architekten Titus Walter Pernthaler ZT GmbH
  • Project: Aqualux Therme Fohnsdorf
  • Location: Thermenallee 10; 8753 Fohnsdorf, Styria, Austria
  • Photography: Paul Ott
  • Lighting Design: Vedder Lichtmanagement
  • Structural engineering: Spirk & Partner ZT GmbH
  • HVAC engineering | water engineering: Die Haustechniker TB GmbH
  • Building physics | acoustics: Dr. Pfeiler GmbH
  • Landscape design: Monsberger Gartenarchitektur
  • Catering technology: PlanQuadrat Ingenieurbüro
  • Site area: 36.478 m2
  • Construction area: 4.020 m2
  • Gross floor area: 9.060 m2
  • Net area: 7.710 m2
  • Water areas: 885 m2
  • Construction costs: 21,5 Million €
  • Planning period: Competition December 2004; February 2005 – September 2007
  • Construction period: October 2006 – December 2007
  • Software used: AutoCAD

Black Hole Slide : Image Courtesy © Architekten Titus Walter Pernthaler ZT GmbH

Several axes open up the block to the surrounding landmarks like “Schloss Gabelhofen” and the alpine scenery. These “fissures” serve as natural lighting during the day and as illumination during the night. The reduced but deliberate use of openings and vistas intensify the tension and communication between interior and exterior space.

Adventure Pool : Image Courtesy © Paul Ott

The glazed axes also stage the circulation of the building and divide the block into six distinct areas of activity: athletic pool; children’s area; adventure pool; wellness area and sauna, restaurant, health center  The areas of activity are organized according to their different noise levels from high activity zones to relaxing areas along the main horizontal circulation axis that forms an interior courtyard in the center of the building.

Sauna : Image Courtesy © Paul Ott

This central atrium introduces natural lighting and green space into the center of the building making the course of the sun and the sequence of seasons tangible in the interior of the thermal bath.

Floor Plans : Image Courtesy © Architekten Titus Walter Pernthaler ZT GmbH

Along the glazed axes the dark cladding of the exterior walls continues into the internal space and reinforces the interconnection between interior and exterior space.

Floor Plans : Image Courtesy © Architekten Titus Walter Pernthaler ZT GmbH

In contrast to the dark ceramic tiling of the interior floors the water pools are tiled with light stones that reflect the light and allow a better illumination of the water with luminaries installed inside the pools and on the ceilings. The third predominant interior material – the timber form work – creates another reference to the mining tradition and allows a seamless transition between walls and ceilings.

Floor Plans : Image Courtesy © Architekten Titus Walter Pernthaler ZT GmbH

The joints of the timber form work improve the acoustics and serve as ventilation slots. The insertions of galleries enhance the differentiated spatial effects and create a multitude of visual relationships between the different levels of the thermal bath.

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Categories: Autocad, Bathhouse, Mining town

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