The new construction of the Saarland Therme, as part of a demand for “Health Tourism“, once again revives the long-standing Bad Rilchingen tradition of health spas using thermal waters.
In the midst of a wooded area, on a slight rise, the Saarland Therme offers recuperation and distraction in a total area of 4.656m². In addition to diverse thermal baths, there are no less than nine differently themed saunas and steamrooms. These are complemented by generous catering, relaxation and spa areas and the whole complex is capped by a roof located panoramic sauna and adjoining terrace.
The overall design concept for the complex is modelled on a Moorish-Oriental style. The layout of the structure is dominated by three square towers which impact both the floor plan and the façade and these towers create an internal courtyard, or Riyadh, characteristic of this style. This in turn houses both the large thermal pool and binds the mainly disparate uses together. The large thermal hall is outfitted with an openable glass roof.
Noteworthy in the interior design is the use of many original Oriental fittings. For example, all decorative gates and doors were specially imported from Morocco. The same applies to most of the furniture, lighting and fixtures. This required a large degree of improvisation and ingenuity from the designers and building contractors. At the end, a touch of the Orient came to Saarland.