For the building to function perfectly, all areas must be connected and well organised, so that visitors can easily find their way around and the space is optimally utilised.
“It’s very important not to waste too much space, and ensure an intuitive layout. If you start planning early, you can save a lot of money,” says Ernst Ulrich Tillmanns.
“The atmosphere in the building is equally important. Some older swimming centres are lined with white tiles, making them seem quite cold. You should instead strive to create a warm and inviting sense of well-being. The choice of materials is therefore crucial.”
Ernst Ulrich Tillmanns has a clear personal favourite among the available materials – wood.
“There’s a lot of water on the floor surfaces in a swimming centre. Tiles and concrete therefore work best there. But one meter above floor level, it makes a lot of sense to use wood on walls and ceilings. It’s a natural material that does not corrode. That is resilient, and creates atmosphere.”