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International magazine for sports, leisure and recreational facilities

56th year ISSN (Print): 0036-102X ISSN (Internet): ISSN 2198-4271




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Editorial DEAR IAKS MEMBERS AND POOL ENTHUSIASTS, Pool and wellness facilities describe a type of project of relevance to the whole of society. There are no limitations in use, whether in terms of age or skills, or for groups or single users. This issue of sb presents some examples from the global pool and wellness market, and I am ­excited about the variety in design, use of materials, and more importantly, the integration into the landscape of the architectural approach. Colby College sports and activity complex offers a variety of sports from the ice rink via the indoor athletic court to the sports pool. The project is an outstanding example of a multi-purpose facility designed for athletic programmes at colleges and universities. The use of materials as a code for the different activities is interesting.

The campus-like building of the Aquapelle sports complex in Capelle in the Netherlands is a place where many different groups come together. School sports and clubs can practice at the same time thanks to the partition walls in the sports hall. The Olympic aquatic stadium near Paris is the first sports facility to be completed for the 2024 Summer Olympics and Paralympics in France. Europe’s biggest white-water center will be the venue for the rowing, canoe, kayak and slalom competitions.

Embracing the Scandinavian wave of sauna facil­ ities located at lakes or by the sea, the Flyt project in the port area of the town of Moss in Norway is an example of a growing type of facilities where the project is an integration of the sauna and the ambient space.

Guest author Gar Holohan shares his ideas on how to avoid common mistakes when planning swimming pool and sports facilities. He states it is crucial to prepare your business plan first, then your project brief and only then your building plans.

Moving to the homeland of the sauna, Sauna­ ravintola Kiulo Wellness in Ähtäri in Finland is a perfectly developed site for the sauna, with a small beach by lake Ouluvesi. The restaurant and the well-sized outdoor area with lake ­access underline the well-being approach by the designers.

We are living in times where climate change, rising energy costs and water scarcity may be a threat to the pool and wellness industry. It is our duty to improve building design and implement the best available technology for water treatment, air handling, indoor climate control and energy use as well as energy recovery in the next project. My experience from working in this industry is that it is often more tempting to look for other energy sources than to perform good energy management in-house. Maybe a less e ­ xciting task, but in the long run, reducing energy demand is always more sustainable than introducing new energy sources.

German pool concepts are often an indoor / outdoor combination, and the Eichbottbad in Leingarten is a good example of this tradition. Combining access, locker rooms and shower area for the indoor and outdoor parts allows for efficient utilization of the footprint, and the project seems to be a cost-effective solution for the municipality. At the Heidbergbad in Braunschweig, a total renovation of the facility originally built in 1973 became necessary. The facility now includes a 50-m sports pool and a learning pool as well as a children’s pool. A nice example of the German outdoor pool tradition, the Freibad in Sigmaringen is a fully renovated sports and leisure facility located in a green area. Finally, the Nordbad Darmstadt is an interesting example of a building where the transparent facades and the wooden ceilings sb 3/2022

integrate the facility in the ambient park, simply by the selection of materials and various room heights.

The IAKS Pool Expert Circle is organizing a conference in Asker, Norway on 7-8 September 2022, and it is a pleasure for me to invite you to this event, where these important challenges will be discussed, and two nice examples of recent pool design will be visited. Hope to see you there! Bjørn Aas IAKS Pool Expert Circle member








On the way to a carbon-neutral future. . ............................... 4

Harold Alfond Athletics and Recreation Center (HAARC) for Colby College in Waterville.............................. 24

2nd International IAKS Pool Conference............................. 6 NSC and IAKS sign partnership................................................. 7 Successful 2022 IAKS UK Spring Event................................. 8

Hopkins Architects

Refurbishment of outdoor pool in Sigmaringen........... 30 4a Architekten

IAKS ANZ: Panel discussion on inclusive design............ 8

“Saunaravintola Kiulu“ sauna and restaurant in Ähtäri............................................................................................................... 34

Conference "Innovative ideas for indoor sports and leisure facilities“.. ...................................................................... 9

Heidbergbad swimming pool in Braunschweig.............. 38

New to the IAKS Network.......................................................... 10

Studio Puisto Architects.

pbr Planungsbüro Rohling AG Architekten Ingenieure

Swimming pool in Piaseczno, Poland................................. 16

Olympic aquatic stadium in Île-de-France Region near Paris............................................................................................................ 42

North East Scarborough Community and Child Care Centre in Toronto, Canada.................................. 18

Eichbottbad indoor pool in Leingarten.................................. 46


Auer Weber

Kauffmann Theilig & Partner

FLYT bathing installation in Moss................................................48 Rintala Eggertsson Architects

Gar Holohan: Avoiding common mistakes.......................... 20 Swimming pool and sports facility planning


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Outdoor pool Sigmaringen David Matthiessen


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Nordbad swimming pool in Darmstadt.................................. 50

BOCA seat won 2022 Red Dot Award.. ................................. 59 TatamSport electric divider curtains................................... 59

Sports complex Aquapelle in Capelle aan den IJssel.... 52

Brimming with holiday vibes.. .................................................. 60 A floor from a can. . .......................................................................... 60

Sacker Architekten

MoederscheimMoonen Architects

ADVERTORIALS Function meets design: Acoustic solutions from Troldtekt.............................................. 54 Troldtekt

Barcelona to be the benchmark for water sports facilities in Europe.......................................... 56

WTA indoor tennis on clay......................................................... 61 Fitness bench for all....................................................................... 61 Marble & More and Ascona...................................................... 62 Innovation and export success. . .............................................. 62 Company Index from A to Z...................................................... 63 Imprint................................................................................................... 72

Myrtha Pools

New reference book for light in demanding environments by WIBRE........................................ 57 WIBRE

How AI can make swimming safer and reduce pool operating costs................................................. 58 Lynxight

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PASSIONATE ABOUT SWIMMING Photo: Jürgen (left) and Dr Stefan Kannewischer


Specialising in pool and wellness facilities, Kannewischer, a Swiss family-owned business, has been ­delivering consulting, planning and operational expertise from a single source for 50 years. Founded by Bernd Kannewischer in Zug, Switzerland in 1972, it has been managed for the past 15 years in the second generation by his sons Jürgen and Dr Stefan Kannewischer. Sustainability is a subject close to the hearts of both managers. With reference to a few examples, they explain how this issue is specifically addressed at the thermal spas of the Kannewischer Collection. And also mentioning combined heat and power plants, geothermal energy, photovoltaics and life with four daughters. Spa guests prefer to think about nothing at all and forget about everyday life. You and your team make sure that this is achieved to perfection. What are the key points in your opinion? Stefan Kannewischer: We are committed first and foremost to the relaxation of our guests. In the thermal spas of the Kannewischer Collection you can simply feel good in every respect. This also means that everything that’s necessary in terms of operational procedures and technology “behind the scenes” remains invisible to the guest. In the last few years, however, we have also become increasingly preoccupied with the issue of sustainability – an issue that, as we hear time and again, is also of great interest to our guests. Jürgen Kannewischer: In a strategy meeting in September 2018, Stefan and I therefore decided that we wanted to become even better in the field of energy and resource consumption. On the energy front, consumption at spas is certainly pretty high. A visit to a thermal spa is all about having an agreeable stay in a pleasantly temperature-controlled environment. SK: That’s right. Baths basically have high energy consumption – and so we have always been concerned with this issue in our family business. Our father founded the company 50 years ago and received an award for energy efficiency back in the 1980s. At the time he was convinced that the resource-saving use of energy would make both environmental and economic sense. JK: Concrete examples are our combined heat and power (CHP) units that we have been using at our KissSalis Therme since 2004 and at the Spreewald Therme since 2005. The advantage of CHP is that electricity and heat are generated where they are consumed. If, periodically, less electricity is 4

needed, it can be fed into the public grid. The Spreewald Thermenhotel has also been connected to the CHP since 2012. SK: Speaking of the Spreewald Thermenhotel – even during the construction of the hotel, we made extra sure it would later have the lowest possible energy demand. In terms of insulation, windows and façade joints, it was built to passive house standards. The architects also had the great idea of using daylight for natural illumination via large skylights. What’s more, they also look really good. When building a new spa, what scope do you have for ensuring sustainability? JK: Allow me to answer this question by taking the Emser Therme as an example. This is where we have designed the new building with a compact external envelope to achieve optimum insulation. In addition, we use the very warm and abundant thermal water in Bad Ems to save energy – geothermal energy. We have managed to reduce the demand for fossil primary energy by 55 %. This is made possible by a well thought-out technical system that networks the plant systems for heat and energy recovery. SK: Our spa buildings are insulated so that the pumps and machines in the basement heat the floor above. This means we can do without underfloor heating. JK: On a guided tour of the equipment at KissSalis Therme, you can get to know another example of innovative energy saving, namely the drainable outdoor pools. Since the circular outdoor pools are equipped with water mushrooms, neck showers and other features, a classic cover with tarpaulins is not possible. At the end of the day, the water is therefore drained off into underground basins, where it continues to circulate in the thermally insulated basement. In this way, hardly any thermal energy is consumed until the water is pumped up again the following day. sb 3/2022

Let’s talk a little bit more about running your spas. What everyday activities are there at the Kannewischer Collection spas in terms of sustainability? JK: Of course, it is important to pay attention to ecology and sustainability not only in the design and construction phase, but also in day-to-day operation. For us, this includes the sparing use of resources, waste separation and also the regular monitoring and care of the equipment and the building so that energy consumption is kept as low as possible. SK: In addition, over the last four years we have sharpened our focus on “avoid and reduce” on the basis of our climate and environmental strategy. JK: A first, key step towards improving our carbon footprint was to switch to hydroelectricity in 2019-21. An obvious step actually – using the element that spas are all about, i.e. water, as a source of electricity. By switching to hydroelectric power, we have succeeded in taking a big step towards carbon-neutrality. SK: We’re currently examining further steps. For example, the roofs at two locations will be equipped with photovoltaic systems in 2022 so that we can generate our own carbon-neutral electricity for the thermal baths. We’re examining the possibility of using hydrogen or other primary energy sources to generate electricity and heat, and we could further reduce power consumption by switching to LEDs. After all the examples from the spas, let’s finish with a more personal question: What does sustainability mean to you in management?

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SK: In a family-run company, it almost goes without saying that sustainability is also practised in the management field. As for myself, I take my electric bike or electric car to the office and travel almost exclusively by train on business. You will certainly understand that, as a father of four daughters, it is also very important to me personally to really practise sustainability. It is their future, after all, that’s at stake. JK: I’d also like to briefly mention something that is also very important to us – raising awareness among and active cooperation with our employees. To point the way forward, we donated and planted a tree for each of the 715 employees of the Kannewischer Collection in 2019. Further trees were donated to mark the company’s 50th anniversary in February 2022. This time the number was based on the 300 planned pool projects and 110 business management studies carried out by Kannewischer Ingenieurgesellschaft mbH and Kannewischer Management AG since the founding of the company. sb 3/2022

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The 2nd IAKS International Pool Conference is the perfect forum for discussing current trends in the fields of management, architecture and technology and for exchanging ideas with operators / owners, planners / consultants and manufacturers in the pool industry on the international level. The event opens on 7 September with a visit to the aquatic facility at Baerum sportspark: The brand-new 50-m lap pool and the adjacent pool for learning and leisure meet the requirements of both competitive sports and the local community. Next stop is the indoor pool in Asker, which was built in 2017 to passive house standards and, in view of its energy efficiency, is considered an exemplary project of the Norwegian FutureBuilt programme.

Baerum, and international case studies on sustainability from Canada. Alternative approaches to air circulation in swimming pools will be discussed, as is improving water quality, comparing the new Norwegian directive with other European regulations. International speakers from Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and the UK will put forward ideas, share their experience and provide an outlook on future challenges and opportunities.

The tour will be followed by a networking dinner in Asker, which will also be attended by the IAKS Expert Circle on Pools.

Conference language is English.

The conference on 8 September will see the sustainability concepts of the aquatic facilities in Asker and nearby 6

Registration now open! See full agenda, speaker line-up, hotel accomodation and venue at: sb 3/2022



The National Sports & Physical Activity Convention (NSC) and the IAKS have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to partner with, providing greater access to the latest global insights to the Australian community sports, aquatic, and leisure facilities market. Both IAKS and NSC are committed to collaborating for a greater global network and a stronger and sustainable Asia Pacific region industry voice and networking by combining resources, to benefit the industry. Recently Dr Stefan Kannewischer, IAKS President, and Klaus Meinel, IAKS Secretary General, met Martin Sheppard, Co-founder of the NSC, in Cologne and signed the Memorandum of Understanding to cement the relationship. IAKS has appointed Yvette Audet as

Left to Right: Dr Stefan Kannewischer, Martin Sheppard, Klaus Meinel

its ANZ Ambassador and over the past 12 months has grown its presence in ANZ. The NSC is Australia’s largest community sports infrastructure convention. Over the past few years and with the direction and support of over 40 peak bodies and collaborators, it continues to share the latest trends and thinking from the globe with showcasing good practice from around Australia.

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SPORTING INFRASTRUCTURE CREATING A LEGACY FOR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IAKS UK hosted its spring event at the Sport and Fitness Centre on the campus of the University of Birmingham, by kind invitation of Andy Allford (Director of Sport at the University). The day consisted of a morning seminar programme - which looked at the development of sporting infrastructure for the upcoming Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games - followed by a tour of the sports facilities at the university. This included the sports fields which will host the Field Hockey sessions at the Commonwealth Games.

which included contributions from Sport England and key people involved in the development of a number of the major venues for the Games. The aim was to build on discussions from previous IAKS UK seminars and webinars, which had looked at the legacy of sporting infrastructure from major events in the UK, as well as the role of Universities in encouraging mass participation in sport. Read the full article at

Mike Hall (Partner, FaulknerBrowns) welcomed more than 40 delegates to the event and set the scene for discussions



Coogee Surf Life Saving Club in Sydney was the event location of the IAKS Australia & New Zealand afternoon panel discussion on 28 April 2022. One of the oldest surf lifesaving clubs in Australia, Coogee SLSC reopened in December 2020 after a major upgrade by AJ+C, which earned a Distinction for Accessibility at the 2021 IOC IPC IAKS architecture prizes. IAKS Vice President Yvette Audet welcomed designers and facility operators who exchanged their ideas on the different strategies and design decisions it takes to create more inclusive environments. On the panel were Kerry Turner (NSW Office for Sport), David Burns (Collective Leisure), Dominic Teakle (PCYC NSW), Kelsey Singh and Madeline Wood (both Disability Sports Australia). Together with the audience the experts agreed that creating inclusive facilities help break down social barriers and 8

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can sometimes have a life-changing impact on the individual or the many. The design decisions require highly specialised knowledge and skill, and sometimes it takes challenging the status quo or putting yourself in another person’s shoes. Thoughtful, considered design can facilitate a more welcoming space, open to everyone regardless of ability, identity, cultural background, or age. The participants also enjoyed a brief facility tour and a fruitful networking event following the panel discussions.

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CONFERENCE AND FACILITY TOUR AT SPORTCAMPUS ZUIDERPARK ON 24 MAY Sportcampus Zuiderpark - holder of the Gold medal at the 2019 IOC IPC IAKS architecture prizes - was the perfect setting for the IAKS conference on „Innovative indoor sports and leisure facilities“. International participants from Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland converged to discuss how to integrate community use into sports facilities. Programming and designing was at the core of the presentations, rounded up by talks on financing and operating.

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Foto: Sportcampus Zuiderpark / Hufton+Crow

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The highlight of the day was the facility tour at the Sportcampus, an innovative collaboration of alliances between education, sport, sports science and the community, for both the municipality of The Hague and its private partners. The 34,000 m² sports campus includes a gymnastics hall, beach sports hall, spectator arena, and a multi-purpose sports hall, as well as a variety of sports science and education spaces. Ilke Meertens, Program Manager Elite Sports & Events of the Council of Den Haag and former top athlete of the national Beachvolleyball team, stated that the facility is well frequented by students and clubs. Activities around the building are planned to attract more individuals to come inside.


Anti Wave Global Pty Ltd Specialists in competition facility fit-outs • Brisbane, Australia With our global sales and distribution network reaching over 150 countries since 1972. Contact us to find your closest Authorised Reseller, or if you would like to become a Reseller in your country.

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For almost 15 years, GL events Project supports all its clients in their needs of construction, renovation or extension of semi-permanent or permanent buildings: stadiums, athlete villages, arenas, sports facilities but also special projects such as the “Grand Palais Ephémère” and exhibition centres. Based on an off-site constructive principle and designed as a sum of various prefabricated modular elements the “modurable” construction concept is halfway between “modular” and “sustainable” and preserves the benefits and features of standard constructions.

The Lindner Group is Europe‘s leading specialist in interior finishing, facades and insulation technology. The family business has more than 50 years of experience in „building with new solutions“. With its many years of experience and extensive range of ball impact resistant ceiling solutions, it offers added value for sports halls. Guaranteed safety, sophisticated design and integrated lighting - all from a single source.



Established in 2016, Juss Sports claims the leading role in the innovation, promoting and development for Shanghai’s sports industry. Juss Sport operates multiple businesses in sports, such as event asset owners and promoters, athlete management, stadium management, stadium con­s truction, sport investment, and sports technology services. It also holds ownership of the Shanghai Sharks basketball team which is the only professional club of the CBA in Shanghai. The company produces seven international sporting events including F1 Heineken Chinese Grand Prix, and ATP’s Rolex Shanghai Masters. It also manages several iconic ­Shanghai stadiums.

Since 1939, the Akademischer Sportverband Zürich (ASVZ), a university sports association, has been organising voluntary university sport for the five universities in the canton of Zurich with their 75,000 students and around 15,000 other eligible persons. To this end, it operates several sports centres at the university campuses and also provides an extensive programme of outdoor activities. Thanks to the diversity of its offering and its 1.8 million visits annually, the ASVZ has broad experience of a great number of sports stagings, ranging from martial arts training in the dojo to group fitness lessons in the large sports hall and running events with 14,000 participants. sb 3/2022

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With c e r a mic tile s f rom Agrob Buchtal, pools form a sustainable connection in terms of aesthetics, functionalit y and economy. The tiles are Hytect-coated at the factory, easy to clean, robust and durable. A wide range of colours, formats and surfaces offers creative scope for new buildings and renovation projects: this enables the realization of consistent water landscapes, with slip-resistant floors and steps as well as harmonious transitions between outside and inside areas. This is how high-quality swimming pools are created in which generations of athletes and families enjoy diving in.

Dive in at the

INTERBAD 2022 25th - 28th October pavilion 6 / stand 6C42

BLU sports and leisure center, Potsdam, Germany Architect: GMP Gerkan, Marg und Partner Photo: Jochen Stüber


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Event structures from NÜSSLI open up new scope for your ideas and visions. We supply you with all the structures you need for your event from a single source. The constructions are assembled using our modular building systems developed in-house. You’ll be impressed by their cost-effectiveness, sustainability and compliance with the highest safety standards. Flexibly extendable and quick to dismantle, they are hard to beat in terms of versatility. When it comes to the erection of temporary and permanent structures, we are the right choice. Such structures can be spectator stands, temporary halls and stadiums, stages, event structures, floodlights and entertainment lighting as well as classic hall structures put up to tight deadlines. In addition to design, erection and dismantling, we can also take overall responsibility for your project if requested.

Assessment-based training & scouting: skills.lab is the leading international brand for high-tech football training systems. By combining physical activity with advanced measuring and 360° display technology, all skills.lab training systems enable to precise measure and improve the technical and cognitive skills of a player. Clubs such as FC Bayern Munich, TSG Hoffenheim and Lech Poznań rely on skills.lab training systems to develop their players.



The real estate division of the Belp municipal authority is responsible for the operation, management and maintenance of the public buildings such as school, sports and leisure facilities.

Led by Catherine Eiswerth and Blair Arbuthnot, Binnie’s Sports and Recreation team design public spaces that breathe life into communities and improve local livability. They clame to be industry leaders in outdoor recreation design and construction management in Canada. Their multidisciplinary approach utilizes a wide range of services to deliver complex projects from under one roof. Over the last 20 years, they have been a part of hundreds of sports facility projects including synthetic turf fields, natural grass sports fields, running tracks, and sport courts.

The area of responsibility also includes the location rental for a wide variety of events: ballroom in the castle, two vaulted cellars, congress halls, meeting rooms, gymnasiums and sports fields.


skills.lab is a brand of Anton Paar, an international company for high-precision measurement and laboratory instruments based in Graz, Austria with more than 3,600 employees worldwide.

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The Hessischer Fussball-Verband e.V. (HFV) is the association of football-playing clubs in Hesse. The purpose of the HFV is to spread and promote the sport of football in Hesse and to support the clubs in the performance of their sporting duties.

Larcan is a unique Australian based organisation that specialises in the sectors of leisure, aquatics, recreation, community, aged-care and not-for-profit. Larcan is passionate about having more people actively engaged in physical activity to help them live happier and healthier lives regardless of their age, location, ability, or gender.

To this end, the association organises championship and cup fixtures, and fields and coaches selected teams from Hesse. In addition, the HFV is responsible for the initial and further training of match officials as well as the training of players at junior and senior level. The association‘s tasks also extend to the licensing of coaches and trainers as well as their initial, further and advanced training. The HFV monitors football matches for their adherence to international football rules.

Larcan specialises in feasibility studies, providing expert operational advice on design, driving participation through inclusiveness, and overall business improvement support. The Larcan team can support a project anywhere from winning a tender, feasibility to funding right through to the first day of operation, continuous improvement and beyond.



David has worked in the leisure, health and well-being industry in Australia and the UK for over 21 years, in roles spanning local government, peak bodies, private sector and the social economy. He is operating from two platforms: DB Consulting works with government, peak bodies and universities on specific commissions, and Collective Leisure co-creates programs that work for communities through a „systems“ approach. Being Australia’s first social enterprise leisure management company Collective Leisure is focused on providing education, services, and opportunities to those most in need.

Ari’s career in the ice sports facility industry started in 1989. He acts as Managing Director of Prorink International LTD. He recently focused on technical background information to ice sport-related projects. Ari is the author of the book „Lex Aqua and all about ice“ - a research report on ice quality for the past ten years. The book concentrates on facts that affect the ice quality. This was critical for designing a new product: the Closed-Loop Water Treatment for reusing the ice scrape from the ice surface, which improves the ice quality and increases energy savings.

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Coldtub (Arctic Spas® Ltd.) manufactures and supplies cold water immersion tanks & pools for professional athletes, sports therapists and residential users. The company has been supplying the UK / European market with cold water immersion solutions since 2010. The Coldtub products offer recovery solutions not just for low temperature applications, but also high temperature (up to 40° Celsius). The products also feature (as standard) an automated sanitising system which can be monitored remotely, as well as an online app where individuals can input their body specifications and receive detailed options on which temperatures and time frames will work best for their desired recovery.

Leipzig is a growing, vibrant city with a population of 600,000 and a great sporting tradition. Trade, commerce, science, sport, culture and tourism have shaped its history to this day. It is widely known as a trade fair city, a city of music, a university city, and above all as a city of sport with Bundesliga football team RB Leipzig as its international flagship.



Olympiaworld stands for a unique top location in the heart of the Alps. The unique centre for sports, culture and business in the Alpine region offers all event organisers, sports promoters, companies and clubs the perfect framework conditions. In addition to its function as the largest training and competition centre in western Austria for leisure, amateur and competitive sports, the Olympiaworld is known as an event centre for major sporting events, concerts, shows, trade fairs, galas, conferences and TV productions as well as workshops and banquets.

The KASF organization’s goals are to contribute to the creation of high-quality sports infrastructure, to increase the level of equipment, technical data base, and sports infra­ structure both within the Olympic movement and physical culture as a whole, to integrate cutting-edge methods for managing sports facilities based on modern approaches to digitizing processes and performance, and to provide the population and athletes with safe equipment and technical data base.

By becoming a member, the city of Leipzig hopes to gain new inspiration for the ongoing development of its sports facilities and playing areas, as well as for its public spaces. The city of sport looks forward to exchanging its experience with other cities and members of the network.


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75 Years! Born in 1947 in The Netherlands, indispensable

in Belgian sports construction since 55 years, German sports hall champion for 50 years and last but not least: 38 years of successful sports activities in Great Britain.

Sports facility construction is our passion. Collaborative, digital - and therefore time and cost efficient - project management is the focus of our overall process. We use LEAN planning methodology to set up your projects, always using the latest technology and BIM methods to optimise design and construction processes. We don’t just think about tomorrow, we focus on the distant future: We make our buildings sustainable, efficient and with a high well-being factor. sb 3/2022



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SWIMMING POOL IN PIASECZNO, POLAND The design of the swimming pool in Piaseczno is a continuation of the concept selected in the architectural competition in 2020, which was organised by the Municipality of Piaseczno with the participation of the Association of Polish Architects. The idea is to create a building as a place emanating peace, in the form of a park pavilion, which will differ markedly from the commercial form of this type of facility. The volume of the building is set back from the road, thus enabling the creation of a landscape buffer emphasising the character of the pavilion. The composition is based on the shifting of the main volumes (competition and recreational swimming pool halls) in order to create two patios separated by trellises, which will create a form of transition between the interior and exterior of the building. The greenery inside the enclaves not only influences the gradation of the zones surrounding the building, but has also a powerful effect on the atmosphere in its interiors. All design solutions focus on minimising the impact of the facility on the natural environment. The building structure will consist of glued laminated timber elements and CLT technology. Striving for homogeneity of solutions, natural 16

wood will also be used in the acoustic finishing system and on the building façade. The coherence of materials introduces harmony in the interiors and informs their unique, natural character consistent with the landscape. The equipment installed inside the building aim at high energy efficiency. A photovoltaic installation will be placed on the roof of the building. All other installations are located within the building‘s cubature. The pool technology will make use of the highly effective heat recovery from the pool’s basin water with the recovery of both water and heat. Additionally, heat will also be recovered from sanitary sewage. sb 3/2022

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The North East Scarborough Community and Child Care Centre in Toronto, Canada will achieve net-zero status through energy-efficient design and renewable energy systems, while adding much-needed facilities that celebrate local community. Located in one of the city’s most culturally diverse and rapidly growing neighbourhoods, the North East Scarborough Community and Child Care Centre was envisioned as a cultural hub that could meet a demand within the community for more social and recreational programming. To accommodate such diverse programming on a restricted site, Perkins & Will incorporated vertical stacking into the building’s layout. By layering various amenities atop one another, the facility maximizes its capacity to serve the community while also acting as a new building model for future community centres across Canada. A first-of-its-kind for Ontario, the recreation and aquatic centre is targeting net-zero energy and carbon emissions through mechanical efficiencies, such as air source heat pumps, an enhanced building envelope and innovative renewable energy systems. Transforming public space into a beacon for resilience Driven by the City of Toronto’s 2019 declaration of a climate emergency, the comprehensive strategy integrates various energy reduction strategies into the design, including air source heat pumps and photovoltaic-thermal hybrid panels that generate electricity and heat. Outdoors, bifacial photovoltaic parking lot canopies increase the renewable 18

energy generation of each PV panel when compared to more traditional systems. Additionally, as part of the holistic carbon reduction approach, Perkins & Will considered the embodied carbon of the envelope and structure with an estimated 16 % em­ bodied reduction upon completion. Meeting a community’s needs through inclusive public infrastructure Over a multi-year process, Perkins & Will and the City of Toronto held community consultations with the Scarborough community – 50 % of whom are people of immigrant descent – and identified an unmet demand for inclusive community infrastructure and a collective need for amenities, programming and green space that far exceeds what is typical in most community centres across the city. Together, they worked closely with the community to accommodate a specific set of cultural, social and economic needs. For example, the community used the site – parkland before design development – as a central spot for pick-up cricket games. In response, the gym was expanded to include the city‘s first purpose-built practice cricket pitch, reflecting the wishes of the predominately South Asian community in the area. sb 3/2022

The team also created gender-neutral changerooms and strategically located the pool away from public view for Muslim women and women-only swims. The surrounding parkland was preserved through a series of interconnected pathways and public gathering spaces around the building, including an urban skateboard park, an outdoor playground, a basketball court and a splash pad. A new building typology for community centres across Canada Perkins & Will maximized the surrounding area for park use while incorporating all the facilities through an innovative stacked design, highlighted through four programmatic layers. The lower level hosts both a lap pool and leisure pool with double-vaulted ceilings that reveal the pools to a spectatorship above. The main floor connects various atria.

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Common areas and childcare facilities make up the bulk of the main floor, creating a welcoming hub of activity. The second floor plays host to the fitness centre and multipurpose studios encased in curtain wall windows that admit an abundance of natural light. Opening above to the upper level is a running track and access to an outdoor green roof. Moving outdoors, the façade mirrors the interior program through three distinct material layers with variations in colour and texture. Outdoor terraces help define the building’s various rooms, create visual breaks in the three-storey building, and bring light and park views well into the interior spaces. Completion is estimated in 2023.




Gar Holohan B.Arch.Sc., Dip.Arch., FRIAI. Aura Holohan Leisure Group, Ireland

After 40 years specialising on sports design, the author is weary of clients and architects continuing to make the same mistakes and waste scarce resources on badly planned and poorly designed sports and leisure facilities. Gar Holohan is the founder and chairman of the Aura Holohan Group who operate several public aquatic centres and a chain of private fitness gyms in Ireland. He shares his ideas on how to avoid common mistakes when planning swimming pool and sports facilities. Back in the early 1980s, long before I got involved in sports facility management, I used to visit facilities all over the world and be guided around by fellow architects who proudly showed off their “award-winning” work. During that time, I recall being enthusiastic about the terrific contribution architects made to sports & leisure. Then one day I was shown around by a centre manager. As we walked around, I was taking photos and remarking on various design features and then I noticed a pattern in his responses, which invariably began with “ya, it does look well, but…” Over the following years I revisited many of the architectural “masterpieces” that I had been shown around previously, only this time I asked the managers to give me a guided tour. I soon understood what Marcel Proust meant when he said, “The real voyage of discovery lies not in seeking new landscapes but in seeing with new eyes.” I soon began to realise that: • the layout of a club can have a major impact on staffing costs, on secondary spend, and how effectively a membership “sales tour” can be conducted. • the lack of understanding how to properly calculate the capacity of different areas (e.g. changing accommodation) can lead to bottlenecks and an underutilised facility. • the detailed design and fit-out of a club can create barriers to a large proportion of potential customers who are not fully able-bodied. • within five years many facilities may want to refurbish, expand, or change the use of several areas, without having to shut down their existing business for a long period. • poor budgeting, particularly in relation to lifecycle costs, can lead to high maintenance and energy costs on the one hand and a waste of money on the other.


Communication and consultation Many of the problems arise from poor communication and consultation throughout the design process. Clients tend to assume that architects understand how sports and leisure centres operate, and many architects assume they have all the answers – unfortunately, this is often because they are not aware of half the questions that must be addressed. Different groups use the same facilities for different reasons, e.g. fitness swimming vs relaxation or socialising. The design team need to understand what facilities will appeal to people in the catchment area, and when and how they will use them. Different cultures can have different consumer preferences e.g. the market demand and revenue potential for spa facilities in central and northern Europe does not exist to the same extent in the British Isles. Project brief and importance of feedback In many cases no written brief is prepared setting out clearly the objectives of the project, what facilities are to be provided, for whom, or how the facility will operate on a dayto-day basis. Often the briefing amounts to the client and architect visiting several facilities, which the client “likes the look of” and then putting together an “à la carte” selection of the “best parts” to create the ideal building. This might work when designing a house but not for a sports / leisure facility.

The remarkable thing is that many of the basic design-generated problems that were pointed out to me 20 years ago are still being repeated today! Why is this?

The “research visit” usually involves a tour where all the best features of an existing facility are pointed out by the architect or owner. Many of the common problems in sports and leisure design are not obvious to an inexperienced eye, and the proud tour guide is not likely to point out the shortcomings of a facility. The result: many design-generated problems are copied time after time. This casual approach to learning can never replace a proper review of the feedback from experienced managers and operators.

One reason is the “copycat” approach of project teams who want to replicate successful facilities without realising that the facilities they have visited were based on thinking and trends 10+ years ago. A key question that must be asked is what current trends should we consider for the future?

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Quite often, as initial design concepts are developed, following research and site visits, people lose sight of the original objectives of the project. It is essential that, when design reviews take place throughout the design process, proposals are evaluated to ensure they continue to meet the original project objectives. Budget: Price vs value Many projects are doomed before they open because of poor budgeting and an inadequate assessment of all the cost provisions to be made. Often, due to omissions in the budget to cater for such things as loose furniture, signage, etc. or overruns at the early stages, cutbacks result in reduced specification for the things customers touch and feel. This invariably leads to the facility looking shabby within a few years, and to high maintenance costs. When deciding on the quality of specification, “cost in use” (which usually substantially exceeds the initial capital costs over the lifetime of the building) must be considered to get the right balance between initial capital cost and recurring maintenance costs. It is worth keeping in mind John Glenn’s famous quote when he was asked what it felt like sitting atop the rocket before launching to the moon. “I felt about as good as anybody would, sitting on a capsule on top of a rocket that were both built by the lowest bidder.” Yet many businesses are launched based on the “cheapest” approach. On the other hand, some buildings are over-specified. The highest area of over specification is often in the building services. Many installations have expensive, highly sophisticated systems; half of which are never used to their full potential and that would require a maintenance person with a PhD to understand. Consistency in quality of space and finishes is important throughout the facility. I regularly come across “grand” entrances that create a great first impression but then have spartan locker rooms. Customers make judgements based on the area with the lowest standards of quality. Understanding facility capacity With most buildings, their capacity can be determined by simple “space formulas” (e.g. 6 m² per person in a pool). There are huge variations in the number of people that facilities can hold per square metre, depending on how they are designed and, critically, how they are programmed and operated. sb 3/2022

“Poor budgeting, particularly in relation to lifecycle costs, can lead to high maintenance and energy costs on the one hand and a waste of money on the other.”

Time after time, feasibility consultants overestimate the capacity of swimming pools and sports halls, and therefore propose facilities that are too small. The vast majority of visits are usually made during “peak demand periods” which account for half of the opening hours. Being full every hour would be both unrealistic and uncomfortable from a user’s perspective. A six-lane 25-m pool might accommodate 24 people for fitness swimming but over 70 people for an aquarobics class or swimming lessons. So, while a 25-m six-lane pool may have a theoretical capacity of 3,432 over a 52-hour peak period, a varied community-focused programme could reduce the comfortable capacity by 40 % and more. A clear understanding of the pool programming is essential to be able to determine the facility capacity. As a rough guide, the Sport England Planning Model uses 70 % of the theoretical capacity for swimming pools and 80 % for sports halls. Balancing the capacity of each stage of the customer journey is also critical, e.g. the car park, the changing areas and the activity areas should all be in sync from a capacity perspective. People will jog on a treadmill for 30 minutes but will be put out if they are forced to walk more than 3 minutes from a parking space. The smallest element can create a bottleneck and determines the capacity, yet time and time again, clubs are developed with small changing rooms and large pools and/or gyms. 21

Problems arising from poor layout A myriad of problems can arise when facilities are not laid out effectively, for example: • Staffing is the highest expenditure area of sports and leisure facilities. Layouts that do not optimise visual access control of key areas, or blind spots in water areas that require additional lifeguards, can add hugely to operating costs. • Supermarkets put the daily essentials at the back of the shop so that people pass by products and are exposed to impulse buys. Why then are operators surprised that secondary spend is not making budget when the changing rooms are near the front door and the food and beverage operation is upstairs? • Dance studios and fitness areas are noisy, with vibrations and base frequencies penetrating walls, floors and ceilings; yet some facilities have them next to quiet spa areas and/or treatment rooms. • Cross-circulation between wet and dry areas can result in constant cleaning headaches as well as safety issues. • Poorly located storage can lead to increased staffing costs and loss of activity time when changing from one activity to another. • Most sports and leisure facilities need to sell memberships to stay in business, yet the “sales tour” is often an afterthought. Patrons need to have a comfortable waiting area; they need to be able to travel through the facility without interfering with members using the facility; and they need to be able to access the best vantage points to observe the best features. Not planning ahead Most well-used facilities need to be refurbished every five years or so, and successful pools and sports facilities often want to expand as the business grows. The ideal refurbishment programme will have elements that can quickly replace existing ones. Potential future extensions should be considered at the outset and should be capable of being built without a long closure of the existing operations. For example: • Changing rooms are often constructed in the centre of a building, making it difficult to extend them without loss of an activity area. • Some facilities are heavily styled, relying on features built in concrete or tiling that are expensive to change. • Some plant rooms are completed after large pieces of equipment are installed, without consideration as to how the equipment can be replaced. With energy and environmental regulations changing so rapidly, the likelihood is that several replacements will be required in the plant room over the life of the project. • Access for servicing, refurbishments and possible extensions need to be considered from the outset to minimise costs. Where will the building contractor offload and store materials for example? Flexibility and adaptation While it is an arduous process, requiring the imagining and overlaying of potential future uses, flexibility should be de22

signed into the planning of the main activity areas, their support spaces and circulation areas. A simple example of this is the built-in adaptability of spaces around a main pool or sports hall so that they can temporarily serve as viewing areas, administration area or a press centre for events. Designing “high maintenance” The cost of maintenance is not just determined by quality and durability; other factors that lead to high costs include: • Poor access for servicing: for example, inaccessible light fittings or high areas of glass that require scaffolding or cherry packers to gain access, often at overtime rates when the facility is closed. • Access for deliveries: One fitness gym recently had to have a whole section of windows taken out and a scaffolding platform built for treadmills to be installed, due to access stairs being too narrow. • Maintenance / service contracts: One club in Europe had a “combined heat and power” system installed that was to save EUR 20,000 p.a. in energy costs; however, the guarantee requires that the Austrian company who supplied the equipment also carried out the annual maintenance at a cost of EUR 16,000 p.a.

“The design team need to understand what facilities will appeal to people in the catchment area, and when and how they will use them.”

Designing “barriers to potential customers” Many architects think that by complying with various building codes they have removed the “barriers” to people who might like to use a facility. What many do not realise is that barriers can be psychological and not just physical. There are 1.2 billion people in the world with a disability, and an annual spend of EUR 7 trillion. When you consider that many people growing older do not regard themselves as having a disability, and the fact that people often like to work out with friends, the loss of potential business can be huge. The large, and growing, market of people with a disability has almost twice the spending power of teens. The sort of common designs generated that currently exist include: sb 3/2022

• Vertical ladders into swimming pools that are virtually impossible for many older people to use, particularly people with hip problems or arthritis. • Modesty barriers: e.g. for older women or people who are overweight, such as the lack of private showers or changing cubicles or locating sauna / steam rooms so that someone has to parade around a poolside, in public view, to gain access. • Signage with small print or low colour contrast. People generally do not wear their glasses in a pool area, steam room or when working out. • Heavy doors that are difficult to open for people using mobility aids and carrying kit bags. • Absence of “quiet areas” due to lack of due consideration to acoustics that can cause sensory overload for some potential customers. Building management system A well-designed building management system is essential to maintain public and staff comfort and also to ensure minimal wastage in energy through the facility. Some common mistakes include: • Inadequate seasonal strategies. It is essential that leisure centres have different strategies for summer and winter. These should be very easily switched over by a trained member of staff. Free cooling can be utilised during the winter, while free heating can be utilised in the summer months. • The building management system should have the facility to measure energy usage in real time. This can be separate to the building management system, but measuring electricity, water and fuel in real time can identify leaks and energy wastage. • The building management system should identify individual fans, pumps, motors that have failed. This will allow staff to alert contractors before any issues arise with comfort levels throughout the facility. Lighting Over half of the visits to many facilities are made during the hours of darkness; why then is so little attention often given to lighting? We have all seen how good lighting design can contribute to a facility’s image and create opportunities to provide different environments. However, lack of attention to lighting design can have the opposite effect. Some common mistakes include: • Inadequate external lighting to overcome security / safety fears, especially among women. • Installing bright / white lights that make people too pale and washed out. • Not designing the building to optimise the opportunities for natural light, while being careful about “glare”, especially in pool areas. Heating and ventilation Complaints from operators regarding heating and ventilation usually cover two extremes; either too little was spent and customers are not comfortable, or too much was spent on over-sophisticated equipment that is­ sb 3/2022

expensive to maintain. Examples of common mistakes in the design include: • The lack of a quick-response system in an exercise studio to cater for the different temperatures required for yoga as opposed to dance classes. • Ditto for treatment rooms, where some treatments require full disrobing. • Lack of zoning / separation of areas of high humidity (e.g. sauna, pool areas) from changing areas where members want to cool down. New issues arising from the Covid-19 pandemic When Covid-19 risk assessments were being undertaken over recent years, the facilities that were designed with “universal access” or high levels of “accessibility” were better able to reduce risk for customers. For example: • Automatic doors and shallow ramps provided touchless access. • Wider corridors allowed “social distancing”. • Rarely used fire escape routes suddenly became alternative access routes to different activity areas. Future-proofing designs is likely to involve zoning buildings for sepa­ rate access to activity areas, with dedicated ventilation zoning systems. First steps for successful sports and leisure facility design Oscar Wilde once wrote “Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes”. Get someone who knows the business on board as early as possible to prepare a brief and audit the design. It is cheaper to pay for good advice than to pay for your own experience! Prepare your business plan first, then your project brief covering facilities and operations, and only then your building plans. And remember, because a business works in one location does not mean it can be copied successfully elsewhere. Designers often make proposals based on what they themselves would like. Be clear about your target market and ensure your design reflects what potential customers want.

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HAROLD ALFOND ATHLETICS AND RECREATION CENTER (HAARC ) FOR COLBY COLLEGE, WATERVILLE, MAINE The 32,516 m² building includes a multi-use field house with a 200 m track and tennis courts, 1,400-­ spectator ice arena, an Olympic-sized pool, a competition gymnasium for basketball and ­volleyball, squash courts, a strength and fitness center and multi-purpose studios, supported by locker rooms, sports medicine facilities and offices. Key to the design by Hopkins Architects and Sasaki was deliberate transparency – conveying a sense of intimacy despite its expansive scale.

Location Waterville, ME, USA Client / operator Colby College

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Design architect Hopkins Architects UK – London NW1 6LG

Executive architect Sasaki Associates, Inc. Author Hopkins, Sasaki

Photos Mathew Arielly Jeremy Bittermann Official opening July 2021



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The bold design of the HAARC complements the existing traditional campus architecture of this New England institution. Hopkins Architects and Sasaki were appointed in 2015 to lead a team that included Arup, MVVA and Consigli to deliver what comprised the single-greatest investment on the campus since Colby was founded. It is the largest and most comprehensive athletics facility in Division III. The unusual scale of the HAARC provided the opportunity to create something bold, fresh and contemporary and to distinguish Colby College from its peers. In contrast to sprawling and accretive campus development, the HAARC offered the benefit of a single holistic architectural vision for the five individual venues, with carefully managed relationships between the building elements and with the existing campus and landscape. sb 3/2022

Colby is one of the US‘s premier liberal arts colleges. Its campus includes a formal 1930s central heart, surrounded by less formally placed buildings and large expanses of open green and wooded areas facing the City of Waterville and the Kennebec River Valley. Colby‘s previous athletic facilities, constructed between 1948 and 1993, were very popular on the campus, with a third of the student body participating in sports at Varsity level, as well as in some form of wellness or recreational activity. Dramatic sightlines The uniquely comprehensive facility is efficiently arranged and clearly organized with an emphasis on daylight and openness. Visitors can enjoy a moment of calm but also enjoy the energy and excitement emanating from the surrounding athletics venues. The entrance invites visitors into 27

a lobby that opens up the heart of the building and unifies around a common source of natural light and long viewsheds, functioning as a central crossroads for the new center. Major venues are sited around a central courtyard that connects all three levels and provides clarity and orientation for both visitors and everyday users. The entire building design is deliberately transparent to maximize views into venues and to intuitively articulate the building’s organization – conveying a sense of intimacy despite its expansive scale. Level one is the competition level and contains the athletes’ entrance with immediate proximity to the sport medicine suite, all locker rooms and access to fields. The primary public 28

entrance is on the second level, providing spectators direct access to viewing areas for the aquatics center, ice arena, gymnasium, squash center and field house. Offices organized in pods on level three create a relationship among programs and views into venues. Fitness and multi-purpose studios are south-facing. Available for many hours of the day and evening, the workout areas are located at the top of the building, facing campus, and their illumination after dark provides a beacon of activity and welcoming destination for all campus constituents. The mass of the building is broken down into a series of clearly articulated forms which relate to the scale of the rest sb 3/2022








1 Indoor competition center 2 Gymnasium

3 Aquatics center 4 External courtyard

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of the campus and create a legible profile set in the landscape between the campus and adjacent interstate highway. Sharing of resources Customizing the shape of the long-span trusses to optimize the desired sport clearances, while minimizing their weight, saved cost and resources in steel and concrete foundations while providing an elegant and logical expression of longspan structure. Working closely with building envelope contractors, the team invented a bespoke fitting which allowed for individual metal panels to span twice their usual width, thus reducing by 50 % the required back-up steel support, as well as increasing thermal performance. sb 3/2022

5 Ice arena 6 Athletic training

7 Strength & fitness

As a carbon-neutral institution, environmental sustainability was key to Colby College. The concept of an integrated sports facility allows for the sharing of resources which itself reduces the overall building footprint and extends to the building systems, where air-handling units are shared between venues and heat energy is saved, moved from ice chilling to pool heating equipment. Communal areas such as showers and lockers provide maximum efficiency with staggered use over the full cycle of seasonal sports.



REFURBISHMENT OF THE OUTDOOR POOL IN SIGMARINGEN Location Sigmaringen, Germany Client / operator Stadtwerke Sigmaringen Architects 4a Architekten GmbH DE – 70376 Stuttgart Author Petra Steiner, 4a Architekten Photos David Matthiessen Official opening June 2020 30

Nestling between the banks of the Danube and the edge of the forest, Sigmaringen‘s outdoor swimming pool is situated on a beautiful slope on the outskirts of the town. To make the existing facility dating back to the 1960s fit for the future, 4a Architekten have upgraded the existing building and equipment to the current state of the art and enhanced its design. The pool programme has also been revised and some attractions added – for an enhanced bathing experience and a higher quality of visit. The sprawling outdoor pool grounds, which slope down to the Danube, cover around 40,000 m². To the north, east and south, the facility is surrounded by beautiful trees and meadows, with the Danube bordering it to the west. The aim of the refurbishment was to preserve the existing building structure with its entrance area, sanitary facilities, changing rooms and kiosk as far as possible and to make it more open and ­inviting in

the course of reorganisation. Without encroaching heavily on the basic structure, the distinctive architecture of the existing facility has been given a contemporary and attractive makeover. The new approach takes up the characteristic features of the existing buildings – the striking exposed concrete roofs and walls of exposed brickwork will continue give the outdoor pool its special flair. sb 3/2022

Layout dictated by topography Because of the slope, the main building extends over three levels. A striking, elevated, exposed concrete slab floating above the existing roof will make the entrance clearly v­ isible from now on. The barrier-free changing rooms, sanitary ­facilities, catering, kitchen and administration rooms are ­located on the entrance level. The serving areas and seatsb 3/2022

ing areas for catering open up to the west, with a magnifi­ cent view of the entire outdoor pool, the Danube and the country­side of the Swabian Alb. The second level comprises the rest area for catering staff and storage areas, while the third level houses the individual, communal and family changing rooms with sanitary facilities 31

and the rest rooms for pool staff. The naturally ventilated sanitary rooms have been reorganised and fitted with new, coloured wall and floor coverings. The basement for plant and storage has been comprehensively extended for the modernisation of the pool water treatment equipment. The 300 m² seating and sunbathing area of fair-faced concrete, which is located above the technical level, offers a special quality of stay. It connects the building and the lower bathing 32

level with each other and is flanked by stairs at the sides. At the end of the 50-m-pool, a new building has been erected for the pool attendant with a chlorine gas and first aid room and a changing room for young beginners. Enhancing the pool’s attractiveness Modernisation has also included the reconstruction of the pools and pool surrounds. All pools have been lined with sb 3/2022

stainless steel, and the swimming channel between the non-swimmers‘ pool and the 50-m competition pool has been removed. An attractive wooden deck in the pool and other features enhance the non-swimmer and leisure pools. A new diving tower with a diving pool, a new wide-wave slide and the 80-m water slide from the existing pool all contribute to the fun of bathing. In addition, there is a newly designed children‘s area that includes two pools with different water sb 3/2022

zones and depths. Between the pools is a polygonal seating and play feature of fair-faced concrete with a watercourse embedded in it. This diversified bathing programme and its architectural redesign give the complex an attractive appearance, a high quality of stay and, last but not least, a powerful identity – while respectfully referencing the existing building. 33


Location Ähtäri, Finland Client / operator Hankaveden Laine Oy Architects Studio Puisto Architects Ltd. FI - 00170 Helsinki Author Studio Puisto Photos Marc Goodwin, Archmospheres Riikka Kantinkoski Official opening July 2020 34

“SAUNARAVINTOLA KIULU“ SAUNA AND RESTAURANT IN ÄHTÄRI As its name suggests, Saunaravintola Kiulu is both a sauna and restaurant as well as the backdrop for all sorts of impromptu events within the city. Inside the restaurant, the dining experiences vary from formal to casual, while two saunas offer either a ­community-driven bathing experience or a more intimate one. All of these spaces are unified by a shared outdoor terrace, bringing the entire experience closer to not only the adjacent lake, but to the vastness of nature around it. Conceptually, Saunaravintola Kiulu aims to rethink the wellness experience through a holistic design approach, on the understanding that wellbeing is highly personal and therefore different for everyone. Whether it is through active, social pursuits or solitary, spiritual ones, Saunaravintola Kiulu’s architecture carefully defines different user paths

for the community as a whole to give everyone an equal opportunity to enjoy themselves according to their preferences. Activating the waterfront The city of Ähtäri required a masterplan concept for the area that would establish different sb 3/2022

avenues for year-round, versatile tourism. While synthesising and evalu­ating all the regional data, the architecture firm immediately identified two potential areas for growth: strengthening the public connection to the waterfront and integrating a multi-­purpose gathering space for both tourists and the greater local community. Consequently, the idea for ­Saunaravintola Kiulu rapidly emerged, turning from concept into reality in less than two years. Through Saunaravintola Kiulu, the waterfront is activated – an element which is often underscored by architecture. Every viewpoint from within the structure frames the lake, offering different moments and perspectives through which to take in and enjoy the natural landscape. Whether the user arrives sb 3/2022

by land or on the water, Saunaravintola Kiulu serves the city of Ähtäri and beyond through the diversification of services that were previously limited in the area, inviting visitors to ultimately connect with others, nature and even themselves. Spatial atmospheres The exterior of Saunaravintola Kiulu is deceptively hidden. Its outer shell is clad in black wooden boards while the entire structure itself nestles into the landscape, allowing it to blend into its surroundings. This is done deliberately so that the architecture not only avoids detracting from the wilderness around it, but also creates a sheltered, safe pocket for activity. 35

Inside, there is a delicate interplay between dark and light ­atmospheres, strategically juxtaposed at different points within the architecture. The restaurant entrance is airy with warm wooden tones and a flood of light from large windows, while the sauna spaces are entirely dark and secluded from the rest. These powerful spatial transitions create a stimulating, sensory-rich experience that positively overwhelms, focusing us on the present moment. While the atmospheres between the two sauna spaces are similarly dark, they offer different spatial experiences. The larger one, which is connected to the main structure, has 36

raised seating with a narrow horizontal panoramic window at the top and is better suited for larger groups. Meanwhile, the smaller, experiential one is removed entirely from the main structure with a nearly ceiling-high window to foster a deeper connection to the water directly below. Here, the floor is level with the outside to make the transition between outside and inside seamless. Grandma’s lakefront sauna The overall interior concept focuses on fostering a cosy, comfortable experience akin to mummolan rantasauna or your ‘grandma’s sauna on the lake’. By using traditional sb 3/2022

materials in modern, unconventional ways, it celebrates the ­ritualistic heritage of family saunas, while reinventing them to suit the whole community. One of the most prominent traditional materials throughout the overall interior is red brick. It adds character to the restaurant space as the tiling on the floor, while the epoxy in the wet sauna spaces is coloured in the same hue to reference it. Similarly, within the restaurant, natural woollen upholstery and curtains bring softness and rich textures to compliment the architectural materials and furniture, shaping a warm and tactile ambiance. sb 3/2022

Steps provide additional seating On the terrace, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the season with furniture that allows both dining and lounging, while the steps themselves act as additional seating. It continues all the way upwards onto the roof, where there are scenic views out into the nature around Saunaravintola Kiulu, offering ample opportunities to sit back, relax and take it all in with a cold drink in one’s hand.



Location Braunschweig, Germany Client / operator Stadtbad Braunschweig Sport und Freizeit GmbH Architects pbr Planungsbüro Rohling AG Architekten Ingenieure DE – 49076 Osnabrück Author Frauke Stroman Photos Christian Bierwagen Official opening March 2021 Construction costs EUR 10.6 million 38

NEW HEIDBERGBAD SWIMMING POOL IN BRAUNSCHWEIG The new building of the Heidbergbad swimming pool in the south of Braunschweig not only replaces the old indoor swimming pool, but also helps to extend the facility‘s ­service life, reduce energy costs and spruce up the bathing opportunities of the city in eastern Lower Saxony with its population of just under 250,000. The architects pbr have fused the new and existing buildings into a single ensemble. The Heidbergbad built in 1973 is the most recent and most varied of the pools belonging to „Eu­ ropabad“ series in Braunschweig. The term ­„Europabad“ denotes not an inflexible ground plan, but rather a combination of cost-saving ideas. Strengthening identity The approximately 13,000 m² site is located south of Braunschweig‘s city centre, with a park-like green area in its immediate vicinity. The new building has been positioned on the site in a ­rectangular

s­ tructure in place of the previous building and at an angle to the road. The new pool is accessed from the existing forecourt. Old and new become one A single-storey structure with a basement for plant, the new building has been erected right up against the competition pool built in 1993. The new foyer has the same height as the competition pool and thus blends in perfectly with the local situation. In the design of the façade, importance sb 3/2022

has been attached to merging the new building and the existing structure into a single entity. A dual-skin construction with a cladding of light-coloured fibre cement panels has been adopted, which, technically, displays durability and low maintenance and, in terms of design, continues the mineral-matt look and colour scheme of the existing concrete block façade.

glazing. Adjacent to the foyer is the ground-level changing area for the new pool and sauna; the existing changing rooms of the old competition pool in the basement can also be accessed from here. In addition to four communal changing rooms and two changing areas that can be assigned flexibly to women, men or families, the changing facilities include a sauna room with an integrated cubicle changing room.

Access and spatial programme Pool users enter the new swimming pool via the entrance hall in the south, which offers a view into the pool hall via spacious

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­ pportunities. This bathing area has been positioned along o the glass wall of the existing competition pool. It consists of a 25-m competition pool with a water surface area of around 250 m² and a water depth of 1.80 m, a teaching pool with almost 80 m² of surface area and a depth ranging from zero to 1.60 m thanks to a height-adjustable floor, and the roughly 15 m² children‘s pool with its wet play area. In the design of the pool deck, special attention has been paid to making its use as variable as possible. This is made possible not only by the height-adjustable floor in the teaching pool, but also by the possibility of adding a lane to the swimmers‘ pool during training. For this purpose, the swim40

ming lane lines are set tighter and a fifth starting block is fitted. The swimmers‘ pool is separated acoustically, but not visually, from the teaching pool by a large expanse of glazing. A continuous glass wall provides a view of the existing competition pool from both new pools. Via glazing on the eastern side, the toddlers‘ paddling pool looks out. Sauna with access to greenery The new sauna area adjoins the bathing area to the north and can be accessed from the pool hall. The sauna has been organised as a compact unit with showers for a pre-sauna clean and for cooling off afterwards. The lounge and rest rooms are generously glazed and look out into the sauna garden. sb 3/2022

Here, variety is ensured by Finnish sauna and a bio-sauna as well as two rest rooms – one of which is a deep relaxa­ tion room. The entire ground floor level of the indoor pool is acces­ sible. Ramps supplement ground-level access where neces­sary. A wayfinding system and a pool lift also help people with impaired mobility or sight to use the pool. Coordinated fire protection The storey below the swimming pool is used to house the swimming pool plant and equipment. The supply lines as well as the ropes for separating the pool lanes are routsb 3/2022

ed through the floor on the ground floor. Consequently, the area in the basement under the swimmer‘s pool is functionally linked to the swimming areas on the ground floor, so that complete isolation of the storeys was not possible and the fire protection system thus encompasses both. Three water cycles In all pools, the water is treated by means of a vacuum filter system. While the swimmers‘ pool uses vertical inflow via floor gutters, the teaching pool has a two-row horizontal flow and the paddling pool vertical inflow. The water is treated in a combined process of flocculation + multi-layer filtration with adsorptive carbon + chlorination. 41


Location Vaires-sur-Marne, France Client / operator Conseil régional Île-de-France, Paris Architects Auer Weber DE – 80335 München Octant Architecture FR – 76000 Rouen Author Auer Weber Photos Aldo Amoretti Official opening June 2019 Construction costs EUR 57 million 42

OLYMPIC AQUATIC STADIUM IN ÎLE-DE-FRANCE REGION NEAR PARIS The “Stade nautique Olympique d‘Île-de-France” is the first sports facility to be completed for the 2024 Summer Olympics and Paralympics in France. At a single location, it unites a landscaped, didactic river, a white-water course for competition and training, a 2,000 meters long water body, sports halls, accommodation and a restaurant. Designed by Auer Weber, Europe’s biggest white-water centre will be the venue for the rowing, canoe, kayak and slalom competitions. Integrated in a historic landscape, the 200 ha aquatic sports park of Vaires-Torcy is located on the banks of the Marne east of Paris in the region Île-de-France. The large lake that accounts for most of it forms its western boundary, while a close-to-home recreation area with a bathing lake and golf course can be found at the eastern end. To the south the park is bordered by the Marne, and to the north by a shipping canal. Resembling an island, the “Île de Vaires” recreation area is situated between these two water bodies.

In 2012, Île-de-France region decided to redesign and supplement the existing areas of greenery and water – including the regatta course used by top-level athletes and the general public that offered ideal conditions for other sports as well, such as sailing and windsurfing. The new ­aquatic centre was intended to encourage professional and amateur sport, while also benefiting leisure and recrea­tional use. At the same time, it was also the aim to create a sports centre satisfying the requirements of a rowing and kayak facility for the sb 3/2022

competitions of the 2024 Olympic Games. In the course of all this, the existing tennis hall on the north bank was to be upgraded and supplemented with further sports facilities so as to offer users attractive leisure opportunities all year round. Mosaic of little islands The new sports facilities are distributed over the entire area and are nevertheless comprehended as a unit, not least due to the routing design and the arrangement of the building sections. Water is omnipresent and creates seamless transitions from one facility to the next. Water structures the overall site and converts the area into a mosaic of little islands – an archipelago of sport comprising four different sports sb 3/2022

centres. These include an elite and mass sports centre (rowing and kayak), athletes’ accommodation and training, public aquatic sports facilities and public indoor sports facilities. Complex appearance Extending from north to south, a lively plateau rises up from the flat area on the eastern edge of the lake. As a grand, unifying gesture, it integrates all the main functions – competitive sports, accommodation and public aquatic facilities – into a single overall form. For recreational athletes, this overarching, horizontal strip creates a connection from the main entrance and car park in the north to the public water sports facilities in the south. It also separates the public from the 43

sports facilities, as the buildings for professional and amateur sport are located under the broad, green and partly balcony-like path, so athletes can train undisturbed by visitors, but at the same time remain visible for everyone. Directly adjacent to the elite centre, an axis extends across the landscape plateau, connecting the two judges‘ buildings with the central competition and media centre, which is overlaid by a panorama hall on the platform. The various facilities make a highly homogenous impression thanks to the reduced selection of materials – fair-faced concrete and wood. The façades of the buildings arrayed under 44

the plateau use panels of polycarbonate, a material from boat building. The white-water facility to the east of the plateau is designed as a canyon-like amphitheatre, giving visitors the best possible view of the competitions so they can follow them close to the action. The stadium‘s pump system ensures a flow rate of up to 14 m³/s in the competition channel and up to 10 m³/s in the training channel. The rail-mounted obstacles can be repositioned to create different water flows, depending on requirements. sb 3/2022


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Location Leingarten, Germany Client / operator Municipality of Leingarten Architects Kauffmann Theilig & Partner Freie Architekten PartGmbB DE – 73760 Ostfildern Author Kauffmann Theilig & Partner Photos Roland Halbe Fotografie, Stuttgart Official opening March 2021 Construction costs EUR 7.3 million 46

Flooding the interior with plenty of daylight, the large roof openings are the striking features of the new indoor pool in Leingarten, Baden-Württemberg. By combining the indoor and outdoor pools, Kauffmann Theilig & Partner have achieved synergies with the entrance area and service rooms. The site and its surroundings are characterised by a green corridor running north-south. The existing outdoor swimming pool and an event centre are embedded in this stretch of parkland. Placed at the north-west corner and aligned north-south, the new slender building integrates itself into the setting. The existing buildings with garages, infrastructure for the German Red Cross and the German Life Saving Association (DLRG) as well as the kiosk remain and are part of the new ensemble. The surroundings of the outdoor swimming pool remain spacious, unconstrained and without structural changes. The main entrance to the indoor swimming pool is at the east end, forms the edge of the forecourt and its public face, and is

only a short distance from the parking spaces in front of it. For building to be permitted in the green corridor along the Eichbott stream, it was necessary to devise flood protection plans and implement structural measures involving culverts. Synergies and view of the greenery Synergies have been achieved by combining the new pool with the existing outdoor pool. The main entrance and foyer accommodate a cash desk and vending machines respectively. The changing room wing with wet rooms serves both the indoor and outdoor pools. A separate entrance to the changing rooms permits access to the outdoor pool without use of the indoor pool’s foyer. sb 3/2022

The foyer with offices and infrastructure leads on to the changing rooms and offers a good view of the pool hall. The 25-m pool with spacious surrounds is oriented to the west towards the corridor of greenery. The children‘s pool is separated from the swimmers‘ pool by a spatial filter and located at the south end of the building, thus creating a good and sunny orientation with proximity to the outdoor children‘s pool. The indoor pool is essentially focused on swimming lessons for schoolchildren and use by senior citizens. Curved frame of glued laminated trusses Although it is a purely functional pool, the materials create a warm and inviting atmosphere. The interior is defined by bright flooring, white-stained wooden trusses and wood-look wall panelling. The roof structure of the new building consists of curved frames of glued laminated trusses. Large roof openings have a bright and friendly spatial effect. As a result of the segmentation, the large building volume is articulated on the outside. Cross-laminated timber panels extend between the glulam beams. sb 3/2022

The opaque façade surfaces of the roof and walls are clad with anodised aluminium sheet. The transparent components are steel post-and-beam façades with double or triple glazing. A special feature is the white translucent membrane stretched above the glulam beams, which is acoustically effective and partly conceals the light fixtures. The lighting design ensures glare-free, full-surface illumination of the swimming hall in the evening hours. The remaining load-bearing structure, the basement and the pools, which have a raised, seamlessly welded stainless steel lining, consist of reinforced concrete. The existing pool water equipment and the ventilation control centre of the indoor pool are located in the basement. The pool hall is ventilated by blowing air onto the surrounding glass façade and extracting the used air and returning it to the basement. Energy is supplied by a CHP unit.


Location Moss, Norway Client / operator Municipality of Moss Architects Rintala Eggertsson Architects NO – 0186 Oslo Author Rintala Eggertsson Architects Photos Dag Jenssen Nicholas Ryan Coates Official opening December 2020 Construction costs NOK 4 million (circa EUR 420.000) 48



The project is the outcome of an art-in-public-space competition that the m ­ unicipality of Moss in Norway organized in 2018 to revitalize a former industrial area west of the city centre as part of its 300-year anniversary. The competition was won by ­R intala Eggertsson Architects with the FLYT proposal – with several bathing installations placed on floating piers in the sound of Moss. The bathing installations consist of two ­structures: the diving tower featuring a lookout platform and a light installation, and secondly the sauna. Both are open to the public year-round. After negotiations with landowners, the project was moved to a nearby location where two of the installations were redesigned to fit the pre-existing piers. A third installation was placed inside the adjacent park to house secondary functions, to strengthen the axis towards the city centre and to give the park area a more human scale.

The installations have drawn inspiration from industrial structures in the area such as cranes, chimneys, silos and gantries that have defined the cultural landscape around Moss harbour for more than two centuries. The solution was to expose the load-bearing components and separate them from walls, floors and ceilings in order to make them stand out as visually comprehensible to the public. sb 3/2022

Shipping containers The installations are composed of a series of wooden modules similar to shipping containers that play with the idea of repetition but form a system that also invites people to think of the installations as stackable toy blocks, almost like an invitation for the public to play. In many ways, the installations on the waterfront function as physical barriers to the sea, but are interactive as they also serve as gateways to the sea, a threshold defining the edge of the seaside promenade. Therefore, it was important to give sb 3/2022

them a distinct scale and an architectural expression different from the surrounding blocks of flats and closer to human proportions. Organic materials were chosen with a texture and physical character that would offer the visitor a tactile experience of the installations rather than merely a visual one. The outcome is a functional, yet visually compelling set of installations that make outdoor bathing in the central area of Moss much more accessible to the general public. 49

Location Darmstadt, Germany Client / operator Sportamt Darmstadt Architects Sacker Architekten DE – 79115 Freiburg Author Sacker Architekten Acoustic ceiling elements (wood) Lignotrend Produktions GmbH DE – 79809 Weilheim - Bannholz Photos Martin Granacher Official opening September 2021 Construction costs circa EUR 30 million 50


NORDBAD SWIMMING POOL IN DARMSTADT Modernisation of Darmstadt‘s old Nordbad built in 1971 was not economically viable. To replace it, the new Nordbad, consisting of one structure each for the indoor and outdoor pools, is being built during ongoing facility use. Connecting the two of them, a canopy creates a shared entrance situation. The spatial proximity keeps walking distances short and allows the changing area to be used by visitors to the outdoor pool as well. The existing outdoor pools are being integrated into a bathing deck adjoining the large sunbathing lawn with its mature trees. On entering the spacious and light-flooded foyer, pool users have a view of the bathing hall and the facility‘s outdoor areas. Darmstadt‘s Nordbad is put to frequent use by swimming clubs and organised disabled users, so the foyer adjoins not only the changing rooms and sanitary facilities, but also the club rooms, including a fitness room. The Nordbad has pools for very different user groups. These are a 50-m competition pool with

eight lanes, a 25-m swimmer‘s pool with six lanes and integrated diving tower, a teaching pool with shallow entry steps, an exercise pool and a paddling pool. The individual bathing areas are s­eparated by glazing and can thus be used simultaneously without mutual disturbance. All pools are assigned attractive relaxation areas. The all-round glazing of the bathing hall enjoys a ­panoramic view of the sunbathing lawn and the outdoor pools. sb 3/2022

Materiality and design The unifying element of the Nordbad is its wooden roof construction linking the indoor and outdoor pools. Clad on the outside with pre-greyed wooden slats, it seems to hover above the glass façade. The uniform materiality enhances the unity of the two bathing areas and harmoniously integrates the structures into the landscape space of Bürgerpark. Load-bearing cross laminated timber box elements from Lignotrend form the roof surface above the interior pools: They are simply laid on top of the glulam trusses and provide the acoustically effective interior ceiling surface made of ­elegant, knot-free silver fir strips already in the shell and without additional interior finishing. By effectively compensating for sound-reflecting materials such as glass and ceramic floor coverings, they ensure pleasant acoustics in the indoor ­swimming pool. The Ligno Akustik light real wood acoustic panels additionally attached to the upper wall surfaces form sb 3/2022

an exciting material contrast to the exposed concrete and round off the aesthetic room atmosphere. The bathing hall is zoned by means of different room heights. Above the exercise and paddling pool area, the ceiling is lowered, which firstly brings the scale of this part of the building down to child size and secondly enables additional lighting of the adjacent hall areas via skylights. The cubature structured in this way makes the various parts of the pool visible from the outside. The wooden acoustic panels create a warm atmosphere in the interior and form an exciting material contrast to the exposed concrete surfaces. The Nordbad is heated by district heating and is being given a photovoltaic system and solar collector modules. As the first part to be completed, the indoor pool opened in summer 2021. The outdoor pool building is currently under construction, with its opening scheduled for late summer 2022. 51

Location Capelle aan den IJssel, The Netherlands Client / operator Municipality of Capelle aan den IJssel Architects MoederscheimMoonen Architects NL – 3029 Rotterdam Author MoederscheimMoonen Acoustic cladding (wood) Lignotrend Produktions GmbH DE – 79809 Weilheim - Bannholz Photos Studio de Nooyer Official opening 2020 52



Sports complex Aquapelle is a meeting place for sports and exercise for the local residents of Capelle. The building houses two swimming pools, a large sports hall and a cafeteria. MoederscheimMoonen Architects and Wehrung Architecten led the design of the building which opened its doors in 2020. The campus-like building is located near the centre of the city and is a place where many different groups come together. School sports and other sports associations can practice at the same time thanks to the partition walls in the sports hall. The pools are used by swimming clubs where the young and the elderly can take a variety of lessons. The 25-m competition pool is multifunctional thanks to the movable floor, atmospheric lighting, and an extensive sound system. The tar-

get group pool has warmer water and a pliable bottom, so that it can be used for both instruction and therapy. The bottom of the basin has been raised to ground level, so that the level of the pool water is on the first floor. The cafeteria is centrally located on this floor, between the sports hall and the swimming pools. The vibrant heart of the building contains a lot of glass for visual continuity between the difsb 3/2022

ferent activity areas. The interior has a fresh and sustainable appearance due to the use of wood, which is reflected in both the sports hall and the swimming halls. Glass and wood The plinth of the building is embedded into a green slope. The entrance is located at the corner of the building with a large concrete staircase going up to the first floor. The inviting canopy construction at this entrance welcomes visitors from afar. The façade is designed with natural looking and robust cladding. Ligno Akustik light acoustic panels in natural timber are used as sound-absorbing wall and ceiling cladding. With their profiled strip surfaces made of knot-free silver fir and the integrated natural wood fibre absorbers, they effectively optimise acoustics: reverberation and noise levels are consider-

ably reduced, contributing to a pleasant ambiance and user ­experience. In the sports hall, the surfaces of the force-reducing impact walls are made of more robust Ligno Akustik Sport panels. Their fresh green colour enlivens the interior. Energy efficiency at the core Various sustainable techniques have been used to generate and recover energy. For example, an installation concept has been developed which operates completely with electricity, so that no CO2 is emitted. Heat recovery is also used for the (swimming pool) water and the air. The cooling load is reduced by cleverly positioned transparent façade surfaces. Sun protection plays an important role. In addition, almost 1,000 photovoltaic panels on the roof generate energy. This energy is mainly used to heat the swimming pool while the rest of the building is substantially energy efficient thanks to the LED lighting with motion detection.

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FUNCTION MEETS DESIGN: ACOUSTIC SOLUTIONS FROM TROLDTEKT Author and photos Olaf Wiechers Troldtekt GmbH, DE – 22763 Hamburg, Contact

Architecture, design and building materials can be important for body and soul. Factors such as light, air and acoustics can be just as relevant as the layout and design of the rooms. When function and design are sensibly combined, this can make a huge difference to well-being. Successful examples can be found at the Paracelsus-Therme spa in Bad Liebenzell and at the Schwaketenbad swimming pool on Lake Constance. Time out from everyday life with a view of the Nagold valley Located in the heart of the sweeping resort park surrounding the spa and health resort town of Bad Liebenzell in the northern Black Forest, the thoroughly refurbished Paracelsus-Therme with its „Sauna Pinea“ offers regeneration and relaxation to perfection. Nestling in the picturesque Nagold valley, the modern thermal spa, which went into operation in 1968 with an indoor swimming pool and has continued to evolve ever since, has a varied bathing landscape with indoor and outdoor areas. In addition to an outdoor pool with a whirlpool cove and a waterfall, an island of fragrances, a sun terrace with a fantastic view of Liebenzell Castle and invigorating brine inhalation, guests also have a varied and spacious sauna area at their disposal. Oasis of tranquillity close to nature The architect Markus Beyer in Bad Liebenzell has impressively succeeded in creating a real oasis of tranquillity and a special ambience for sauna users. The ingeniously designed Natur & Paracelsus relaxation room on the third floor offers an un54

paralleled view of the unique scenery of the Nagold valley thanks to large window fronts. Guests can make themselves comfortable on rocking or heated loungers, retreat to cosy lounging shells or recliner islands and relax from stressful everyday life in the fireside reading corner, truly switch off and let their thoughts run free. Award-winning excellence Good acoustics and design can be combined perfectly with Troldtekt. This is demonstrated by the above example, in which the Troldtekt Curves variant of Troldtekt‘s new design solutions was used. The design solutions were honoured with an ICONIC Award 2019 and a German Design Award 2020. When bathing becomes an adventure People in Konstanz, the largest town on Lake Constance, had been eagerly awaiting the opening of the new Schwaketenbad, which had to be completely rebuilt after a devastating fire in 2015. In the meantime, there is unanimous agreement that the biggest adventure pool on Lake Constance has lost none of its original charm – on the contrary. sb 3/2022

Designed by Behnisch Architekten in Stuttgart, the swimming pool, idyllically located on the outskirts of the village, blends harmoniously into the natural surroundings with its large glass façade and three greened roof surfaces, and appears open and inviting. Bathing and leisure fun in seven pools Inside, visitors can swim, have fun and relax in a total of seven pools covering an area of around 1,500 m². In the light-flooded, spacious swimming hall with a view of the scenery, there is a 25 m swimmer‘s pool, a non-swimmer‘s pool with a slide, a large water playground, a toddler‘s pool with a slide and water features, and a diving pool with a 5 m tower. Separated by a glass partition, there is a large slide tower right next door that promises high-speed aquatic fun with light effects and ride tubes, a course pool and a second 25 m swimming pool. Those who want to warm up and relax will now also find an attractively designed relaxation area in the new Schwake­ tenbad with a warm pool, steam sauna, infrared light room and relaxation loungers.

equal measure. In addition to the standard flame-retardant acoustic panels (B-s1,d0), Troldtekt also supplies its products in non-combustible building material class A2-s1,d0, which are used in all areas where stricter fire protection regulations apply. The fire protection of Troldtekt A2 panels is achieved solely through the use of a special cement without the addition of toxic fire-retardant additives. Troldtekt acoustic panels are also hygroscopic and are suit­ able for cladding ceilings and walls in damp rooms and roofed outdoor areas. In order to achieve the best water resistance classification (D) of the CE mark, the acoustic panels must tolerate a relative humidity (RH) of over 95 per cent in combination with a temperature of over 30 degrees Celsius. Troldtekt has been tested and tolerates an RH of 98 per cent (+/- 2 per cent) at a temperature of 40 degrees Celsius.

Exciting ceiling landscape with natural aura A special feature in the design of the pool‘s roof and ceiling is the in some cases sloping ceiling surfaces, which are offset in height but still interlock. Made of acoustic panels of building material class A2 (non-combustible) and wooden strips fitted on top, the pool‘s floor plan is spanned almost unsupported by the wood-clad ceilings, which give the entire pool a n ­ atural aura. Non-combustible, moisture-resistant ceiling and wall claddings Troldtekt delivers acoustic solutions that meet standard and special requirements in sb 3/2022





Myrtha Pools, IT - 46043 Castiglione, CNB & Dortoka,

Club Natació Barcelona (CNB) has reached an agreement with Myrtha Pools and Grupo Construcía on the design and execution of the project that embraces the complete upgrade of the club’s facilities with overall investment of EUR 12 million. Myrtha Pools is proud to modernise the pools – the Escullera pool and the Nova Escullera pool – of Spain’s oldest aquatic centre. On the principle of integrated project delivery, Myrtha Pools will not only be the supplier of the pools but also partner throughout the entire production path of the re-imagined centre. The CNB is the living history of aquatic sports in Cata­ lonia and Spain, and the club wins championships regularly at both national and international level. And speaking of high achievement, Myrtha pools have been the aquatic centrepieces of five Olympic Games, more than 150 world records and 19 FINA World Championships. Their joint path began in the late 1990s with a saltwater pool used 365 days a year. In 2003, Myrtha designed and built the Nova Escullera pool for the X FINA World Swimming Championships. The agreement aims to transform the CNB into an aquatic centre of the highest quality, a benchmark at European and world level. The CNB centre will be a place to be for presentations and events with international architects, swimming and water polo federations, and with experts in the operation and sustainability of aquatic clubs and centres. Saltwater from the Mediterranean The work on the design of the pools began in April 2022 and includes the refurbishment of the Escullera pool (the 56

first indoor competition pool built in Spain), which will be completed in 2023. Also on the docket is the construction of an outdoor pool for swimming and water polo. It will be heated with renewable energy thanks to a rooftop solar system. Additionally, updating work is scheduled for the Nova Escullera pool for swimming and water polo. It will gain automated functionalities in the current pool, as well as the improvement of the outdoor saltwater system that since 1999 has allowed athletes to enjoy the advantages of a swimming pool filled with water drawn directly from the Mediterranean. Myrtha Pools International Business Director Matteo Bazzaro says: “It is a real honour to continue this wonderful story with CNB. We began collaborating with CNB over 22 years ago by providing Myrtha technology and ongoing support, and under this new agreement we will install new pools and upgrade existing ones with the latest Myrtha technologies and accessories. It will be the state-of-the-art in the aquatic world and a beautiful showroom for Myrtha Pools. The new CNB is a new concept for Myrtha Pools, a model venue that architects, athletes and personalities from all over the world will be delighted to come to!” sb 3/2022




The lighting of objects where the external conditions are challenging by their nature or artistically requires the highest level of safety, durability and product quality. Combined with optimal planning, these objects transform into a fascinating oasis of well-being, a place where you love to linger. „The Lighting Collection No. 1“ provides countless application examples and planning aids. WIBRE’s new reference book „The Lighting Collection No. 1“ helps you bring exactly such sophisticated applications to life. With countless application examples and planning aids, you will find suitable luminaires and spotlights for your projects in this catalogue. Whether a swimming pool is to be illuminated, a building staged, the fountain illuminated, the coastal promenade safely lit or the urban space artfully illuminated – it is essential to choose the right luminaire with an extraordinary protection class and the highest quality features. „The Lighting Collection No. 1“ communicates the world of lighting for challenging environments in an unprecedented way. Apart from that, it shows that robust and resistant luminaires are quite impressive - with their timeless and elegant sb 3/2022

product design and a clear visual language, combined with high-quality materials. This reference book is available immediately, as a book or as digital version. In addition to current spotlights for underwater and outdoor use, you will find a wealth of information on the quality features that make these sustainable luminaires resistant to all external influences. Now this work is waiting to be discovered. Get started. The Wibre team will be pleased to submit offers or to provide you with personal advice. Find out more at 57




Lynxight has developed a next-level pool safety service that couples AI with a pool’s existing cameras to accurately monitor swimmer behavior and detect distressing incidents before they occur. But there’s a halo effect – the same AI can also help pool operators save up to 25 % per year on energy costs. Swimming pool operators are concerned first and foremost with swimmer safety, and they should be. But they also have an energy problem – up to 40 % of the operating costs of a public or commercial pool costs are caused by air conditioning, water heating, water treatment and other electric- or gas-powered systems. Even though these types of systems should be regulated dynamically – based on actual, real-time facility occupancy – they are typically managed manually according to fixed schedules that are disconnected from actual usage data. Cost efficiency Deploying AI can provide real-time usage data that can be used to control critical and cost-intensive systems automatically and dynamically, fine tuning pool operations to reduce costs without any impact on swimmer experience. Systems that may be critical to pool operations – air conditioning, water heating, water treatment, ambient lighting, facility maintenance and water activities (such as pool slides and fountains) – are also major drivers of energy consumption if their regulation is static rather than based on actual pool usage and occupancy. By using a service that integrates AI to help assess and monitor actual pool occupancy, the timing, activation and 58

operation of these costly critical systems can be regulated dynamically based on real-time data, boosting usage when pool occupancy is heaviest and reducing it during off-peak periods. Complete scene understanding Lynxight is designed as a flexible, affordable and easy-integration pool safety service that connects to existing pool cameras to monitor and analyse swimmer behavior above and below the water, providing lifeguards with complete scene understanding and identifying swimmer distress before it escalates via alerts delivered to a smartwatch. On top of that, Lynxight also provides pool operators with a data-rich dashboard that informs their understanding of pool usage and occupancy in real time. Because pool occupancy in and around the water affects the amount of energy needed to operate critical systems, the real-time data Lynxight’s AI generates can help pool operators dynamically modulate the operation of energy-dependent systems, which in turn can reduce annual facility energy costs by up to 25 %, on average. Thanks to AI, pool operators can score a double victory by delivering a safer swimming experience for everyone and gaining a double-digit reduction in energy costs for themselves. sb 3/2022

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On March 10, Avant Sports new product BOCA seat won the 2022 Red Dot Award - Product Design Award. As the "Oscar" of the design world, the Red Dot Award jury consists of 40 designers, professors, and professional journalists from all over the world. Focusing on innovation, aesthetics, feasibility, production efficiency, ergonomics / interactivity, the product is comprehensively judged from six perspectives of intellectual property protection.

At Tatamsport, we work to divide spaces in sports halls with style, and by tailoring our curtains to satisfy the most demanding needs of our customers, adapting them perfectly to their surrounding spaces.

The innovative wave-shaped hollow structure of the Avant Sports BOCA series seats not only enriches the aesthetics of the venue seats, but also conducive to heat dissipation and is not easy to accumulate water. The design of reinforcing ribs and thickened seat ring enhances the bearing capacity and toughness of the seat. In addition, BOCA can also be equipped with removable seat cushions and back cushions for indoor or outdoor use. The design of the mounting clip makes the installation and maintenance of the seat easier and more ­efficient. These innovations have effectively improved the user experience of the venue seats and the operational efficiency of the venues at all levels and allowed BOCA to stand out from many excellent works around the world. In the future, Avant Sports will remain focused and professional, and strive to create more innovative and competitive products and services for global customers.

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We offer a wide range of models to suit the requirements of each location: • Our electric acoustic models are designed to reduce noise by up to 23dB, which allows for different sports to be practised with complete independence and prevents noise transfer between areas. • The folding model is the most effective choice when it comes to dividing spaces specifically for sports activities. We offer various versions of this model: mixed screen, all canvas and all mesh, depending on the specifications and aesthetic requirements of each case. Since 1996, we have been providing sports facilities with our product quality and guarantee, expanding in the international market, and establishing our company as a reference in the domestic market. The quality and guarantee of our curtains, with their minimal maintenance, robust structures and meticulous manufacturing, speak for themselves.

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The Markwasen outdoor wave pool in the middle of a spacious park landscape is undoubtedly one of Reutlingen’s attractions: Various wave programmes create waves up to 1.5 m high so it almost feels as though you’re on a beach holiday. It is nestled into a spacious park landscape with sunbathing lawns, a children’s playground, and a sports area with a beach volleyball court, a variety of climbing equipment and table-tennis tables.

After years of use, the resilient floor of the local sport hall in the German city of Toenisvorst showed faded colours and lines, reduced slip resistance (and thus risk of injury) as well as various cracks, scratches and dirt. In an adjoining area of the hall (used for storing sports equipment and mats), there were old ceramic tiles which were not only dirty, but also affected the overall appearance of the hall.

A multifunctional playing field with basketball hoops and two PolyPlay Arena mini playing fields in the popular DFB size of 20 x 13 m have been added recently. The durable PolyPlay S all-round surface in brick red adorns the multifunctional playing field – and this is by no means a coincidence since the surface has proven itself many times over on playing fields and facilities for school and ball sports, as well as a wide range of leisure activities. Its smooth surface and good ball bounce make it an ideal surface for ball sports and a variety of outdoor activities. Polytan PolyPlay S is water-permeable so the playing field dries very quickly and can therefore be used year-round in all weathers.

For the operator of the hall, an attractive appearance as well as a fast and generally cheaper solution to restore the floor, was key. With the Sport Floor System from Dr. Schutz, a completely new looking floor, with a restored surface in an exciting look, was created in just three days.

The two mini-pitches feature Polytan LigaGrass Synergy, the artificial turf made of soft and flexible Synergy filaments, as well as the larger and firmer LigaGrass Pro filaments. This combination makes LigaGrass Synergy the perfect turf system for both club and municipal sports. It feels both authentic and pleasant to play and walk on the surface, and it also offers excellent player protection while being kind to the skin, yet requires very little maintenance. The BiColour colouring lends the LigaGrass Synergy in Reutlingen a truly natural look. The scope of delivery of the mini pitches included robust boards as well as goals and rear-goal nets, which can be supplemented with side and roof nets if required. Polytan GmbH 60

Initially, after a thorough deep cleaning and preparation of the floor, a product called “PU Flow” (a self-levelling polyurethane resin) was used to transform the entire floor, including the ceramic tiled areas, into a flawless, even surface. After this initial self-levelling treatment, the renovation team then proceeded to give the surface a modern, fresh look in complementary coral and turquoise tones. Then the required line markings were masked and applied in plain black and white. Finally, the top coating to protect the new design, was a transparent, satin PU Sealer that hermetically sealed the fields and lines and created an easy-to-clean, non-slip surface that meets the German and international sport floor norms DIN 18032 and DIN EN 14904. A brief summary of the entire floor renovation process was recorded in a video that can be found on the “DrSchutzInt”-YouTube channel. Dr. Schutz Group sb 3/2022


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Every spring, the tennis world looks forward to the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart. The 45th edition of the prestigious WTA tournament was again played on the floor coverings of the Porplastic brand (PORPLASTIC RedClay pro).

Physical inactivity and a typically sitting lifestyle carry a high health risk for diseases such as osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, diabetes and obesity. Opportunities for physical activity must be increased in an attractive and sustainable way everywhere in order to prevent diseases and bring sustainable changes in the health of society.

Every year, the sports flooring manufacturer VIACOR and its sports brand PORPLASTIC face the challenge of creating a tennis surface that meets the high demands of the world’s tennis elite and is ready for play in just a few days. A unique feature of the WTA tournament in Stuttgart is the indoor tennis clay court. It is the only tournament on this tour to be played on an indoor clay court. The mission of the PORPLASTIC installation team is to build a tennis surface for the hall that conveys the players a feeling like they are on clay court. Both the tournament organizers and the players praised the PORPLASTIC RedClay pro tennis flooring system. The globally popular traditional tournament took place from April 16 to 24-for the 45th time in the Porsche Arena in Stuttgart. According to VIACOR, the atmosphere at this WTA tournament was particularly nice, as spectators were able to be there live again to cheer on the world elite of women's tennis. VIACOR is happy being able to participate again in this event with numerous players from the top 10 of the current world rankings, according to the motto „The best for the best in the world!“

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Out of a great passion for promoting health and sports, Moveuments and PLAYPARC are bringing healthcare equity to public spaces and getting people physically active with the FITNESSBANK. Even if there is only little space the innovative fitness bench provides seating and exercise opportunities for everyone - regardless of age, ability level, previous experience or equipment. Attached to the fitness bench is a sign which shows various exercises with illustrations and text instructions. The illustrated exercise instructions for muscle groups in various degrees of difficulty also serve as a weather-resistant seat back. Many other exercises can be performed with the fitness bench, allowing mostly everybody to train with the fitness bench - or to rest and relax. The fitness bench is produced with sustainable materials and environmentally friendly manufacturing processes. Due to high-quality workmanship the fitness bench is very weatherresistant and durable. Suitable for every age group and performance level, children and teenagers can train on the fitness bench just as effectively and versatile as adults and seniors.


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With Ascona and Marble & More, AGROB BUCHTAL is launching this year not only two product novelties but an ideal pair of series for all areas of application where water is involved. Whether it is showers, saunas, therapy rooms in swimming pools or spa and wellness landscapes in hotels or also private bathing oases: the duo, which was developed to match each other exactly in terms of colour, succeeds in creating an ­appearance with a guaranteed WOW effect.

Anti Wave is pleased to announce that the Global Anti Goal has now shipped to 25 countries since release in Mid 2021, including shipment to top clubs and facilities in Australia, ­Europe, Asia, the Americas and The Gulf.

Inspired by the current trends of modern room concepts which combine indoor and outdoor areas or play with seamless transitions from wall to floor, the ceramic series pair cleverly combines their design competence and variety of mosaics and oblong formats, small and large formats for walls and floors on the basis of a common colour range. The Ascona series offers smooth and profiled surfaces which cover all relevant slip-resistance classes to ensure highest functionality in addition to the look. However, the fine look of the 2 x 2 cm mosaic variant from Marble & More is also pleasant to walk on barefoot and is available with slip-resistance class R10/B. This is because the individual tiles are not sharply cut, but have a rounded pressed edge on all sides. The design possibilities are almost unlimited with this series pair, and even pools can be designed tone-intone with adjacent areas in natural earthy shades. No matter who is lying on the floor or just walking up the walls (Ascona rather distinguished reserved, Marble & More, depending on the colour variant, natural noble or sophisticated expressive): in the end, the two series give all water landscapes the right mood.


The result of over 50 years of global experience in water polo goal innovation, design and production, the Global Anti Goal release saw the blending of cutting-edge materials and production with innovative goal design. The result is a lightweight, heavy-duty, full-sized polo goal that meets the needs of all clubs and facilities around the world. Designed and produced in Australia, the Global Anti Goal features an innovative high strength foldable goal design with small footprint for economic poolside storage options. Oversized HD PE Foam flotation elements provide excellent stability of the goal during gameplay, and specially designed rear bumpers protect pool edge tiles from damage. The Global Anti Goal is the official Polo Goal of USA Water Polo and was selected for the 2021 USA Water Polo Junior Olympics competition. An immediate global favourite. Each of the Global Anti Goal components and fittings have been carefully selected and tested by top players and clubs in Australia, Europe and USA, for maximum durability and longevity, even under the most severe player and environmental conditions.

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COMPANY INDEX FROM A TO Z IAKS member companies go one step ahead with „Professionals & Profiles“. And position themselves prominently – in print and online. Report on your ­innovations and references in sb magazine and the IAKS newsletter and on our website. It goes without saying that your architect or supplier logo appears in every issue – and is sure to catch the eye of your business partners.

AGROB BUCHTAL Deutsche Steinzeug Keramik GmbH 92521 Schwarzenfeld, Germany

ACO Inotec GmbH 24782 Büdelsdorf, Germany

» Drainage systems » Sports ground construction » Sports ground equipment

» Aquatic construction » Pool construction; ceramics

ANRIN GmbH 59609 Anröchte, Germany

» Drainage systems » Sports ground construction » Sports ground equipment

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Anti Wave International Pty Ltd QLD 4067 Brisbane, Australia

» Aquatic construction » Aquatic equipment

ASB GlassFloor Systembau Horst Babinsky GmbH 83371 Stein, Germany

» Indoor sports floorings » Mobile floorings, cover systems » Multi-sport courts

Sekisui Alveo AG 6043 Adligenswil, Switzerland

Arbeitskreis Trennvorhänge e.V. 42327 Wuppertal, Germany

» Indoor equipment » Sports hall dividers

AST Eissport und Solaranlagenbau GmbH 87629 Füssen, Germany

ASPG Deutschland GmbH 40221 Düsseldorf, Germany

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Elastic layers; protecting surfaces Indoor sports floorings Outdoor sports floorings Mobile floorings, cover systems Sports ground construction

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Avant Sports Industrial Co.,Ltd 518108 Shenzhen, China

» Artificial turf » Multi-sport courts » Stands, seating

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BERNDORF Metall- und Bäderbau GmbH 2560 Berndorf, Austria

» Aquatic construction » Aquatic equipment » Pool construction, stainless steel

Dr. Schutz GmbH 53755 Bonn, Germany

» Cleaning and maintenance » Indoor sports floorings


Elastic layers, protecting surfaces Indoor equipment Mobile floorings; cover systems Temporary and modular constructions

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Multi-sport courts Outdoor equipment Sports ground equipment Playground equipment

» Architecture and design » Landscape design

Conica AG 8207 Schaffhausen, Switzerland

Carl Stahl ARC GmbH 73079 Süßen, Germany

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Facades and building envelopes Perimeter boards, nettings Playground equipment Security systems, fencing Sports ground equipment

» Indoor sports floorings » Outdoor sports floorings » Sports ground construction

DSGN CONCEPTS UG 48145 Münster, Germany

» Landscape design

Aquatic equipment Fitness equipment Indoor equipment Outdoor equipment Sports ground equipment

Brinkmann + Deppen Architekten / Landschaftsarchitekten 48336 Sassenberg, Germany

BLOACS 50935 Cologne, Germany

campus GmbH Bauten für Bildung und Sport 72764 Reutlingen, Germany

» Architecture and design

Gotthilf Benz Turngerätefabrik GmbH+Co KG 71350 Winnenden, Germany

Bänfer GmbH Sportmanufaktur 34537 Bad Wildungen, Germany

eccos pro gmbh 42553 Velbert, Germany

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ENGO GmbH Srl 39040 Vahrn (BZ), Italy

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Ice hockey boards Ice rink construction Ice resurfacers Ice sports equipment Mobile floorings, cover systems

EOLED EU 1130 Wien, Austria Telefon +43(0)1877 32970

» Lighting systems

Eurotramp-Trampoline Kurt Hack GmbH 73235 Weilheim / Teck, Germany

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geo3 GmbH 47551 Bedburg-Hau, Germany

» Architecture and design » Landscape design » Feasibility studies

GfKK – Gesellschaft für Kältetechnik- Klimatechnik mbH 50859 Köln, Germany

» Ice rink construction » Ice sports equipment » Sanitary, heating, air conditioning, energy recovery sb 3/2022

GANTNER Electronic GmbH Deutschland 44894 Bochum, Germany

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Gerflor Mipolam GmbH 53824 Troisdorf, Germany

» Indoor sports floorings » Mobile floorings, cover systems

Aquatic equipment Changing rooms and equipment Fitness equipment Indoor equipment Ticketing, access systems

GEZOLAN AG 6252 Dagmersellen, Switzerland

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Gütegemeinschaft Sportgeräte 53113 Bonn, Germany

» Indoor equipment » Sports ground equipment » Testing, quality assurance

Aquatic equipment Indoor equipment Playground equipment Sports ground equipment

Artificial turf Elastic layers, protecting surfaces Multi-sport courts Outdoor sports floorings Sports ground construction

Hamberger Flooring GmbH & Co. KG 83071 Stephanskirchen, Germany

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Hauraton GmbH & Co. KG 76437 Rastatt, Germany

» Drainage systems » Sports ground construction

heiler GmbH & Co. KG 33649 Bielefeld, Germany

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ISS GmbH 63263 Neu-Isenburg, Germany

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Aquatic equipment Ice hockey boards Ice rink construction Ice resurfacers Ice sports equipment


Facades and building envelopes Security systems, fencing Perimeter boards and nettings Play- and sports ground equipment

Artificial turf Cleaning and maintenance Hybrid turf Natural turf Sports ground construction

ISP GmbH 48167 Münster, Germany

» Testing, quality assurance

IST – Institut für Sportbodentechnik 04416 Markkleeberg, Germany

» Testing, quality assurance

Jakob Rope Systems 3555 Trubschachen, Switzerland

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» Indoor sports floorings » Multi-sport courts » Outdoor sports floorings

Geschäftsstelle INTERGREEN AG c/o Science to Business GmbH 49090 Osnabrück, Germany

Intercom Dr. Leitner 39040 Freienfeld, Italien

» Ice hockey boards » Ice rink construction » Ice resurfacers

Artificial turf Cleaning and maintenance Hybrid turf Natural turf Sports ground construction

Herculan BV 4231 DJ Meerkerk, Netherlands

Keller Tersch GmbH 39218 Schönebeck, Germany


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Kernig Consulting GmbH 48155 Münster, Deutschland

» Consulting

Herbert Labarre GmbH & Co. KG 22337 Hamburg, Germany

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Artificial turf Cleaning and maintenance Hybrid turf Natural turf Sports ground construction

Landskate GmbH 50823 Köln, Germany

» Landscape design

Hermann Kutter Landschaftsbau Sportplatzbau GmbH & Co. KG 87700 Memmingen, Germany

KRAIBURG Relastec GmbH & Co. KG 29410 Salzwedel, Germany

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Elastic layers, protecting surfaces Indoor sports floorings Outdoor sports floorings Playground equipment

Labor Lehmacher | Schneider GmbH & Co. KG 49076 Osnabrück, Germany

» Testing, quality assurance

LIKE-ICE Science GmbH 84069 Schierling, Germany

» Ice hockey boards » Mobile floorings, cover systems » Outdoor sports floorings

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Artificial turf Cleaning and maintenance Hybrid turf Natural turf Sports ground construction

Labosport International 72100 Le Mans, France

» Testing, quality assurance

Lindner Group 94424 Arnstorf, Germany

» Lighting systems » Ceilings, windows, walls

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maier landschaftsarchitektur / Betonlandschaften 51107 Köln, Germany

M3 Architectes 2737 Luxembourg, Luxembourg

» Architecture and design

McArena GmbH 71522 Backnang, Germany

» Multi-sport courts » Sports hall construction » Turnkey construction

» Landscape design

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Melos GmbH 49324 Melle, Germany

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Elastic layers, protecting surfaces Multi-sport courts Outdoor sports floorings Sports ground construction

MYRTHA POOLS A&T Europe SPA 46043 Castiglione d/Stiviere (MN), Italy

» Aquatic construction » Pool construction, other systems » Pool construction, stainless steel

Pellikaan Bauunternehmen Deutschland GmbH 40880 Ratingen, Germany

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NUSSLI Group 8536 Hüttwilen, Switzerland

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Sports hall construction Stadium and arena construction Stands, seating Temporary and modular constructions Turnkey construction

PS+ Planung von Sportstätten 49078 Osnabrück, Germany

» Architecture and design » Landscape design

Play-Parc Allwetter-Freizeitanlagenbau GmbH 33014 Bad Driburg, Germany

PERROT-Regnerbau Calw GmbH 75382 Althengstett, Germany

» Irrigation systems

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Polytan GmbH 86666 Burgheim, Germany

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Artificial turf Cleaning and maintenance Elastic layers, protecting surfaces Outdoor sports floorings Sports ground construction

Porplastic Sportbau von Cramm GmbH 72108 Rottenburg a.N., Germany

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Sika Nederland B.V. (Pulastic sports flooring) 7400 AK Deventer, Netherlands

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Ceilings, windows, walls Indoor sports floorings Multi-sport courts Outdoor sports floorings

» Architecture and design

» Indoor sports floorings » Mobile floorings, cover systems » Multi-sport courts

SMC2 S.A.S. 69440 Mornant, France

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Ceilings, windows, walls Facades and building envelopes Fixed and retractable roofing systems Temporary and modular constructions Turnkey construction

Artifical turf Elastic layers; protecting surfaces Outdoor sports floorings Sports ground construction

REGUPOL BSW GmbH 57319 Bad Berleburg, Germany

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Elastic layers, protecting surfaces Indoor sports floorings Mobile floorings, cover systems Outdoor sports floorings Playground equipment

Signgrass® NIK-Tufting BV 5571 TJ Bergeijk, Netherlands

Robbins Sports Surfaces OH 45226 Cincinnati, USA

Siteco Beleuchtungstechnik GmbH 83301 Traunreut, Germany

» Lighting systems

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RICHTER Sportstättenkonzepte GmbH 07629 Hermsdorf, Germany

» Architecture and design » Landscape design

Artificial turf Elastic layers, protecting surfaces Indoor sports floorings Outdoor sports floorings Sports ground construction

Schmitz Foam Products BV 6040 KG Roermond, Netherlands

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Artifical turf Multi-sport courts Outdoor sports floorings Sports ground construction Sports ground equipment

SMG Sportplatzmaschinenbau GmbH 89269 Vöhringen, Germany

» Cleaning and maintenance » Sports ground construction » Sports ground equipment



Holz-Speckmann GmbH & Co. KG 33790 Halle/ Westfalen, Germany

» Indoor sports floorings » Mobile floorings, cover systems

Spieth Gymnastics GmbH 73776 Altbach, Germany

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STOCKMEIER URETHANES GmbH & Co.KG 32657 Lemgo, Germany

» Elastic layers, protecting surfaces » Indoor sports floorings » Outdoor sports floorings

Indoor equipment Mobile floorings, cover systems Perimeter boards, nettings Sports hall dividers

» Indoor equipment » Sports hall dividers

» Ceilings, windows, walls


Ice sports equipment Indoor equipment Mobile floorings, cover systems Perimeter boards, nettings Sports ground equipment

» Lighting systems

TURNBAR by Eiden & Wagner 54634 Bitburg, Germany

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Outdoor equipment Multi-sport courts Stadium and arena equipment Sports ground construction Sports ground equipment

Fitness equipment Indoor equipment Multi-sport courts Outdoor equipment Sports ground equipment

Hans-Joachim Weitzel GmbH & Co. KG 25436 Tornesch, Germany

Vindico Sport GmbH 73463 Westhausen, Germany

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Artificial turf Elastic layers, protecting surfaces Indoor sports floorings Multi-sport courts Outdoor sports floorings

Thorn Lighting 6850 Dornbirn, Austria

Troldtekt A/S 8310 Tranbjerg J., Denmark

Universal Sport Sportgeräteherstellungs- und Vertriebs GmbH 71101 Schönaich, Germany

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Tatamsport 50014 Zaragoza, Spain

Trenomat GmbH & Co. KG 42327 Wuppertal, Germany

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Elastic layers, protecting surfaces Indoor equipment Mobile floorings, cover systems Sports ground equipment

STARGUM Zakład Przemysłu Gumowego 73-110, Stargard Szczecinski, Poland

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WM GmbH 39053 Blumau, Italy

» Ice resurfacers

Züko Deutschland GmbH 78176 Blumberg, Germany

ZELLER bäderbau GmbH 89520 Heidenheim, Germany

» Aquatic construction » Aquatic equipment » Pool construction, stainless steel

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Changing rooms and equipment Ice hockey boards Ice resurfacers Ice rink construction Ice sports equipment

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