photographer: Roland Halbe
The “Römerbad” Spa Baths in the Austrian ski resort of Bad Kleinkirchheim are to be extended with facilities for children, health and beauty. When the “Römerbad” was built in 1978, it was one of the first spa baths with special attractions which are now so much en vogue. Both its architectural qualities – reminiscent of the antique spa – and the stunning natural surroundings immediately made it stand out against other similar spa baths.
Drawing on the existing geometrical forms the design proposal is defined by a new, terraced landscape punctuated by 3 similar circular pavilions.
The various new amenities are characterised by different moods and atmospheres ranging from a cave-like meditation zone dug in an existing hill through to lightflooded spaces affording beautiful vistas of the surrounding mountains.
Competition 2005, 1st Prize
Design team: Behnisch Architekten, Stuttgart:
Stefan Behnisch, David Cook, Martin Haas
Projektleitung / project leaders:
Dominik Heni, Thorsten Stepper, Jörg Usinger
Client: Bad Kleinkirchheimer Thermen GmbH
Project partners: Bauleitung:
Tschernutter Consulting, Villach
DI Reinhold Svetina, Klagenfurt
Ingenieurbüro Bodewig + Partner, München