Be it all-weather pool, saline spa or sauna village – architectural firm bs2architekten in Hamburg designs structures with a focus on public baths and sports facilities, wellness and rehabilitation centres. A recent project of the firm involved the renovation of the historic Water Park Parkbad Volksdorf in Hamburg. The Compact downlight supplied by ERCO ensures optimum colour rendition with excellent glare control and low maintenance requirements.
Eleven public swimming pools that were built in Hamburg at the end of the 1970s were all of the same basic design. The facility in Volksdorf was the first to be constructed and opened some ten years before the others, in November 1970. Within a short time, a citizens’ group had collected around 500,000 German Marks (today around 250,000 Euros) to support the project, funding thirty to fifty per cent of the construction costs. Back then it was the largest citizens’ group of the ‘Walddörfer’ – an area combining several districts in the northeast of Hamburg – and so the indoor pool was initially called “Hallenbad Walddörfer”. At first, it only had one multi-purpose pool with diving boards. Other attractions such as the outdoor pool, whirlpool and a children’s area with turtles, octopuses and a pirate ship came later. The construction of a new sauna section is currently in the planning stage. Today, the Parkbad Volksdorf is operated by Bäderland Hamburg GmbH, attracting nearly a thousand visitors per day. After several decades of use, the facilities were due for a complete renovation.