Steven Christensen Architecture of Santa Monica, California has been named a winner in the first annual AAP American Architecture Prize, which recognizes the most outstanding architecture worldwide.
The design for Liepāja Thermal Bath and Hotel originates from a keen interest in the formal associations of the dome throughout architectural history, and more precisely, its role within the typology of the public bath.
The public swimming pool “Obermaintherme” in the Bavarian city Bad Staffelstein is Bavaria’s hottest and strongest saltwater emerging from 1600 m deep drilled spring. More than 1.600 m² water surface and more than 15.000 m² sauna are inviting to relaxing and recovering.
Within a large renovation process of some areas in the main bath hall, the inside pool has been renewed, too. A new highlight has been designed with a cave in the shape of a salt crystal made with LUCEM translucent concrete, allowing the new shell to light in different colours along with the water. This ambient lighting concept, along with a special sound system in the Cave integrated with the massage jet nozzles in the water, creates a wellness feeling for everybody inside this installation. The light shines through the surface of the translucent concrete with more than 2 million fiber optics.
The indoor swimming pool located in Sundbyberg, originally designed by Åke Östin in 1978 has now been expanded to accommodate the municipality’s growing population. The new addition includes a new 25-meter pool with a height adjustable bottom, a children´s swimming pool, a new side entrance, locker rooms, offices, conference rooms and a large sun deck. The project also included a new wellness center run by an independent operator.
We had a task to design a complex of locker buildings which would be in harmony with the natural environment on the territory of the “Luzhniki” Olympic complex. The project was implemented as temporary buildings which were assembled from modular structures. The buildings are located in front of each other in order to make a conditional corridor that would lead to the locker. Modular buildings were provided by a specialized company www.modul.org.
The raised seashore as a territorial landscape intervention strategy
In a landscape characterized by powerful natural elements and particular fragility, the new spa and public pool is configured in form of a bridge, which prevents transformations of the volcanic soil and the coastal cliff. Its implementation minimizes the interference between the building and the protected area of the lava flows originating from the last eruption of the Teneguía volcano in 1971.
Modern homes have long ceased to fit into the idea of “four walls”, or “box. “Now the environment is free to come into the house , and the house seamlessly expands its boundaries , capturing the surrounding area.
One of the most effective and common methods to achieve this effect
The purpose of our project, in an urban redevelopment area, is to transform the building’s image.The refurbishment and extension form a harmonious mineral body. The extension is in light grey concrete, and the original building, with external insulation, is faced with cement in the same shade. This minerality is continued through to the hall floor, in Lucerne quartzite laid as opus incertum.
Located in a picturesque pine forest in Poltava region, Relax Park Verholy hotel complex is one of the most stylish and comfortable hotels of Ukraine. For more than a year its owners, together with YOD design studio, keep implementing innovative and bold ideas. New SPA complex with an indoor swimming pool, gym and hotel rooms is just another result of this collaboration.
Article source: CarvalhoAraújo, Arquitectura e Design
The shelter is located on a steep terrain on the edge of the village, with a privileged view over the Serra d’Arga mountains. The building should occupy the space of the existing ruin, be small, compact and have a pool.
The new development is located in a central position at the foot of the Brauhausberg, a traditional leisure andb day-trip destination, and the established location of the city’s largest swimming pool complex. As a multifunctional building for all activities involving water, the new pool complex offers significantly more facilities compared to the popular but outdated existing facility built during GDR times. The public municipal baths are expected to draw increasing numbers of visitors and, on that basis, occupy a key position for preserving the special qualities of this part of the city, which – in the wake of numerous new construction projects – is experiencing a revival.
Design: Volkwin Marg and Hubert Nienhoff with Kristian Spencker
Project leader: Kristian Spencker, Michael Scholz
Team, competition: Veit Lieneweg, Silvia Schneider, Katja Godejohann, Daniel Tomé, Oliver Boersch, Arihan Senocak
Team, implementation: Silvia Schneider, Katja Godejohann, Kerstin Fuchs, Claudia Chiappini, Chris Hättasch, Christiane Putschke-Tomm, Julia Hilgenberg, Katerine Witte, Elke Glass, Katrin Karos, Sophie-Charlotte Altrock
Consortium: HMI Hartwich/Mertens/Ingenieure Planungsgesellschaft für Bauwesen mbH, big Bechtold Ingenieurgesellschaft mbH, Capatti Staubach – urbane Landschaften