A family swimming pool was to be developed – a 25m sports pool, various event and children’s areas, an open air pool and a sauna. Swimming baths for the residents of the town and surrounding area, and also for holidaymakers and tourists from the nearby holiday resort.

We researched into what was special about Bad Bentheim and discovered the Bad Bentheim sandstone found everywhere in the area, from the castle down to the stone walls which enclose the surrounding fields. We saw the new swimming baths as a sequence of walls supporting the southern slope between Bentheim and Gildehaus. We created cubes from these walls, blended those spatially and traced the functional links via three large structures. The bright Danish clinker is close to sandstone in terms of effect and texture. Colours and materials together with extensive openings harmoniously link the indoor and outdoor areas.

A skilfully topographically structured sauna garden and the introverted atrium sauna provide guests with six cabins, a sauna pool as well as rest and relaxation rooms all year round. Fragrances and aromas reflect the themes of the sauna facilities as do the names. It is a word-art or art-word-project, formed from terms of nature lyric poetry placed in a modern context provides visitors with additional associative space.

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