In the suburban green areas of Budapest on the right side of the Danube, the location lies along on one of main streets. This public sport facility of multiple pools is able to host different audiences and several activities from swimming lessons of neighbouring schools through water polo trainings to international swimming competitions.
Project Name: Mariaremente, Swimming Pool 2019
Studio Name: Plant-Atelier Péterkis Kft
The covered, 50×25 meters long course pool, with grandstands on both sides can be divided into two, simultaneously providing space for leisure visitors and professional trainings. An outdoor pool situated on the South side of the facility is planned, also proportioned for water polo competitions. Another 20×10 meters pool serves the need of schools of the area for educational purposes. Fitness facilities and a wellness bar complete the visitor experience.
Two geometric units divide the main volume; one is the barrel-vaulted space of the competition pool and the L-shaped service areas. Glass and fluted surfaces soften the volume of the monolith. The space layout developed along a central visual axis, providing a view of the entire building. The view of the competition pool can already be seen in the lobby, with the outside pool in the far background.
The sports experience is thus constantly present in the most important visitor areas. All mechanical engineering is built into the double gables and the crown of the barrelvaulted space to keep the interior clean and transparent. The concept of the interior design is based on the distinction between dirty and clean. The dark grey colours of the façade continue in the interior from the entrance to the changing rooms, and the pools are clean, white and shine against the azure of the water.
The elegance of the dark interiors is even strengthened by the brass accessories and graphic inscriptions. The Gyarmati Dezső swimming pool – named after the famous water polo player- is part of a larger commuter green area investment as part of which additional parking spaces, a promenade and a wave-inspired garden, that will be realised in the near future.