529 m² OKALUX K – prpm Architects Munich / DE

The new indoor pool is located on park-like property in the centre of the community in direct proximity to the school building and the community centre.

It was this special location that prompted prpm Architects + City Planners to develop a free building form: a variation of concave and convex shell areas allows the surrounding space to flow around the free-form meshing the building with the green acreage. In this way, the volume of the pool seems to dissolve when perceived from the outside area.

The swung glass façade corresponds perfectively to its location in the park giving the pool the openness and lightness of a large pavilion.

This effect is intensified in the interior through the column-free construction with wide span.

In the generous swimming hall a 25 m basin with jumping bay, learner’s basin, adventure and small children areas as well as a 50 m long water slide offer diverse possibilities of enjoyment for swimmers. The sky lights in the roof ensure generous incidental daylight down to the depths of the rooms.

The gallery on the first floor affords views of the swimming basins in the hall and access to the sun terrace. This is where the sauna landscape with its own outer area and a round roof opening with a view of the sky is located.

A composition of transparent, translucent and opaque elements gives the surrounding building shell transparency and openness where desired while at the same time protecting other areas from views from the outside.

To this effect, opaque elements were covered with white screen printing.

These add strong accents to the rhythmical façade ensemble while serving as opaque coverings of the construction elements behind it. The light diffusing insulating glass OKALUX K from OKALUX provides the translucent element in this ensemble.

The capillary glass not only guaranties an optimal distribution of light – it creates a very special atmosphere in the interior of the bath.

This effect results from the capillary tubes inserted in the cavities between the panes of the OKALUX functional glass.

These diffuse the incidental daylight evenly and glare-free deep into the room creating optimal light conditions in the building whatever the conditions of radiation.

Even sensitive areas like the sauna receive much light in the interior.

Here the capillary slab inserted in the cavity of the OKALUX functional glass also ensures maximum privacy.

A further plus from OKALUX K: in addition to the high light transmission and excellent thermal sun protection, the capillary glass offers a significantly improved heat insulation value in the winter.

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