Bazenski kompleks Svetice, Swimming Pool Building Croatia, Eastern Zagreb Architecture

Swimming Pool Complex Svetice

Zagreb Building: Pools, Wellness Area, Fitness Center & Restaurant – design by Plazma architects

3 Jan 2017

Bazenski kompleks Svetice

Design: Plazma, architects

Location: East Zagreb, Croatia

Swimming Pool Complex Svetice

Swimming Pool Complex Svetice

Photos © Tamas Bujnovszky

The Svetice Pool complex contains 50m and 25m pools, a 8x6m childrens pool, a wellness area, a fitness center and a restaurant. It is the main urban pool complex in the east of Zagreb.

Swimming Pool Complex Svetice

The pool complex for sports and recreational purpose is situated in an urban edge condition between the urban fabric of central Zagreb, socialist modern settlements made from precast concrete slabs and the Maksimir landscape park. Enclosed by soccer and athletics grounds, it brings a permanent public programme into the area.

Swimming Pool Complex Svetice

Therefore the pool has the potential as a social condenser. Even though the programme was restricted to indoor pools, the design tries to put in as much as possible open air activities and public space.

Swimming Pool Complex Svetice

This is achieved through turning the main activity of swimming into a public event which can be seen from many perspectives when using the public roof walk on top of the east wing or the bridge-like restaurant.

Swimming Pool Complex Svetice
photo © Marko Mihaljević

The spatial conception of the project is therefore to build one space for all, whilst the division between the spaces for swimmers and spectators, as well as the division between interior and exterior space is reduced to a thin layer. The linear organisation of the building is following the logic of private and public as well as served and servant spaces.

Swimming Pool Complex Svetice
photo © Tomislav Miletić / Pixsell

The structure is made up a distinction between the low one-storey side slabs and the steel structure bridging over the vast space of the swimming hall. To emphasize spatial continuity, the facades of the side slabs are equally treated in the exterior as in the interior.

Swimming Pool Complex Svetice
photo © Tomislav Miletić / Pixsell

The chosen materialization in precast concrete slabs which were polished in factory refers to the Zagreb tradition of building with similar kinds of materials, be it washed plaster or the prefabricated concrete slab settlements of the sixties and seventies. By using a granulation of up to 32mm and by opening the surface deep enough the surface has a more precious notion than its precedents.

Swimming Pool Complex Svetice

Swimming Pool Complex Svetice

Swimming Pool Complex Svetice – Building Information

Name of work in English: Swimming pool complex Svetice
Name of work in original language: Bazenski kompleks Svetice
Placement: Nominee
Prize year: 2017
Location: Zagreb, Croatia
Year completed: 2016 (Year began 2014)
Studio: Plazma
Authors: Matthias Kulstrunk (1980 Croatia); Vjera Bakić (1977 Croatia)

Swimming Pool Complex Svetice

Swimming Pool Complex Svetice

Engineering: Ivan Palijan, Branko Šegotić, Nenad Šutevski
Architects: Marin Piršić, Ida Križaj, Iskra Kirin, Dubravko Bačić, Bogdan Budimirov
Program: Sport & Leisure
Labels: Swimming
Total area: 9800 sqm
Usable floor area: 9648 sqm
Client: City of Zagreb – Zagrebački holding d.o.o.
Client Type:public
Map: LatLng: (45.81727251271612, 16.01596381176148)

Swimming Pool Complex Svetice

Swimming Pool Complex Svetice

Location: Svetice, Zagreb, Croatia

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