Swimming pool Noorderparkbad, Amsterdam
The Noorderparkbad is the new public family pool for the north of Amsterdam and will serve an important social function. The traditional theme of a bathhouse as a meeting place for the neighborhood is reflected by de Architekten Cie. in the atmosphere of the interior. Intimate enclosed spaces alternate with high ceilings and skylights. The wooden rhomboid roof construction and finishes of floor, ceiling and wall in traditional materials lends the building a warm atmosphere.
The wavy rain curtain is the most striking element of the Noorderparkbad. Primarily an educational element, it communicates how closely the swimming pool is connected to water. On a rainy day, the water flows like a waterfall trickling down the curtain and lets the visitor see how rainwater becomes bathing water. On sunny days the curtain shimmers like a congealed cascade, while on wintry days the ice crystals transform the building into an ice palace. Also, the curtain theatrically marks the entrances to the pool: it is pulled up and guides the visitor into the building.
Winner Amsterdam Architectuurprijs 2016
Nominated BNA Best Building of the Year 2016
Photos: Jeroen Musch