The project includes a spa with 7 different pools (6 internal and 1 external pool), sauna and therapy spaces as well as offices for various city departments.
It is situated at the northern edge of the Mirabellgarten Park in Salzburg [ http://goo.gl/maps/AysWa ] and will replace the existing Paracelsus Spa and Pool from the 1950s.
The design defines the northwestern park edge through the building's clear volumetric mass. The building is divided into a southern part including all pools and a northern part including therapy and office spaces. In order to make the most of the south-facing orientation towards the sun, the park and views over the city, all interior pools are assembled in a completely glazed vertical pool landscape that faces the park southwards. Visitors feel as if they were taking baths inside the tree canopies.
All pools are connected into a continous, forking and re-connecting vertical landscape. Some of the pools have glazed openings in the bottom and sides to allow for more views in- and outside. A slide and diving boards are integrated into this landscape. The whole pool landscape including pools, slide and circulation elements is cantilevered from a collective backwall. This backwall is partly opaque, partly transparent and translucent to allow for views from the sauna, therapy rooms and offices in the northern part through the pool landscape into the park. A wide passage connects the southern park with the urban context northwards. Inside the park-facing part of the passage, the main public entrance and an outdoor café are situated.
Size: 14.000 m2
Budget: 37 mio €
Estimated to go on site 2014