New colour concept for the renovated swimming pool

The sports swimming pool in Gensingen attracts around 30,000 visitors each year, who enjoy the facilities to do lengths, learn to swim or relax in the sauna. To allow them to continue doing so in future, the small municipality, located between Mainz and Bad Kreuznach in Rhineland-Pfalz, has now invested almost € 3 million in an extensive modernisation and refurbishment of its ageing indoor swimming pool.

Troldtekt acoustic panels in warm shades ensure optimal room acoustics and contribute to the feel-good atmosphere at renovated indoor swimming pool in Gensingen, Germany
Photo: Helene Høyer Mikkelsen, architect Jens Dresling/Ritzau Scanpix

The indoor swimming pool was built as a concrete structure in 1972/1974. In the 1990s, the washed concrete façades were furnished with additional thermal insulation and trapezoidal sheets. Apart from the renovation of windows and doors, electrical installations and the water supply, the sanitary facilities have also been brought in line with current technical and hygiene standards.

The new arrangement now affords swimmers more privacy. Moreover, a separate changing area for people with disabilities, including a stair lift into the swimming pool, has been added. The biggest challenge was the renewal of the outdated ventilation system, which was replaced by a space-saving, upgraded plant room.

The comprehensive renovation has not only enhanced the functional features of the swimming pool, but also its design. For the tile and ceiling design, the planners at BZM Architects in Wiesbaden created a new colour concept that extends from the changing rooms to the WCs and the swimming pool area.

The coloured Troldtekt acoustic panels, made from the sustainable materials wood and cement, fitted on the suspended ceiling work perfectly with the overall concept. Warm shades of yellow, red and brown, which are echoed in the wave-shaped contours on the walls, contribute to the feel-good atmosphere.