The modernisation of this indoor swimming pool – an example of the 'Type C communal pool' construction series from 1977– was completed in 2009, creating a building that fulfils current technical and structural requirements as part of the Berlin Pools Refurbishment Program.
Construction measures included both the renewal of the water plant equipment and the swimming pool itself, as well as the structural and energy-saving renovation of the roof and the complete reconstruction of the façade.
Particular attention was paid to the careful preservation of surviving features of GDR Modernism. So, for example, the elegance of the distinctive, slender roof structure has been preserved despite modern insulation requirements; and while the composition of the façade has been redesigned and visibly improved, the history of the original architecture was never ignored. In the renovation itself the main question was how the extremely slender pre-stressed concrete construction was to be renovated without compromising on aesthetics. The solution involved relocating water drainage to the centre of the building.
The appeal of the new colour concept for the main hall lies in the subtle contrast of a friendly, nature-orientated spectrum of greens and yellows with the pale, clear blue of the water.
- Fischerinsel 11, 10179 Berlin-Mitte
- BBB Infrastruktur GmbH & Co KG
- Veauthier Meyer Architekten
- HOAI phases 1–9
- 3.200 m2 GFA
- Christoph Rokitta