The Hüttenweg pool was built in the early 1970s as a training venue for US forces stationed in Berlin. The pool was built to a strictly functional design as a compact reinforced concrete skeleton construction with generous windows and a sheet metal roof; the refurbishment of the building took place from 2009 to 2011 as part of Berlin’s swimming pool renovation program.
The aim of the extensive works was to improve the design and energy consumption of this somewhat outdated building fabric to fulfil current requirements, as well as to adapt and modernize the entire technical plant. The architectural challenge involved paying tribute to the functionally-sober formal language of the original 1970s structural typology, while enlivening the building with a modern colour scheme and new design accents appropriate to modern-day expectations.
The structural changes required substantial reconstruction, in the course of which the roof was also removed and any extensions and floor, wall and ceiling surfaces were renewed.
The internal design focused on setting up sophisticated colour contrasts to the dominant blue-green spectrum of the original, and creating user-friendly changing rooms with new fixtures exclusively in purple and pink to harmonize with the paler floors and ceilings. In addition, the entire staff facilities were completely restructured and redesigned.
Reopening in 2011, the swimming pool is now once again available for local clubs and recreational use.
- Hüttenweg 41, 14195 Berlin-Dahlem
- BBB Infrastruktur GmbH & Co KG
- Veauthier Meyer Architekten
- HOAI phases 1-9
- 2.200 m2 GFA
- Christoph Rokitta