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Public Bath in Käferberg, Zürich
Atelier Valentin Bearth, Diploma 2015, AAM Mendrisio

Prof. Valentin Bearth
Assitant: Mihail Amariei
Awarded as Prize Boni, AAM Diploma 2015.


























The site of this project is located in Käferberg, Zürich. Its a hill full of woods and is surrounded by Zürich's urban contexts. Nowadays, Käferberg works as a popular recreational place for Zürich citizens.

The program is a public building with an open-air swimming pool and an interior bath. Its located in a rectangle clearing in the middle of Käferberg. The project contributes to both Zürich city and Käferberg itself. For the city, it will add diversity to the Zürich's existing swimming culture and create a unique place in the forest. For Käferberg this project could become part of its infrastructure system.

The volumetric idea is trying to minimal interrupt into the site. The volumes are aligned along the edges of the clearing and are reduced as thin as possible. In this way the openness of the site is kept and a continuous space is given to the open-air swimming pool. The pool could be expressed as a lake in the forest.

Different with the experience of upper open-air swimming pool, the underground bath is a concentrated, dark and silent space. Only few lights could reach in this space through the holes on the roof or through the openings on the facades. With the reflections of the light, a poetic underground world is created.

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