Rotterdam, a city known for water and sports, is missing a very important element until now: a swimming complex where sports and recreation come together. In a city where events are the rule rather than the exception, it is important to have a bath which is also part of this and can be part of it by making it mobile. A floating bath movable in the Maas. In the 20s to 50s there has been a floating bath located in the city called ‘the Fort’. A pool of 35 x 14 meters with a closed shell and an open interior space.
The design is like a massive cube (48 x48 m.) in the water that identifies with the hard urban context. An introverted space as hemisphere is created and allows maximum experience from both the swimming and sauna. Translucent baths provide uninterrupted contact between the levels. By opting for a floor construction of beams where elements such as lighting and ventilation to be included, there is maximum freedom for different functions.
Location: Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Client: Project RAvB