Architects Restore 1930s Nazi-Era Pool In Berlin 12th April 2016
When it comes to creating really unique swimming pools, the choice of bespoke, handmade tiles is just one part of the design process. The rest is making the pool sing in harmony with the architecture of your residence.
When it comes to looking at inspiration for your own luxury pool, you might not think that a communal swimming pool would be a great source, however, cast your eye over this recently renovated 1930s pool house in Berlin.
Upon closing down in 2006 after falling into disrepair, German architect firm Veauthier Meyer Architects were tasked with bringing the Schwimmhalle Finckensteinallee back to its former glory – albeit with a modern twist.
The brief was to preserve as much of the original architecture as possible and those involved have kept their word as the complex retains the typical functionalist aesthetic you’d expect from classic German design.
“The question of the balance between preservation and demolition was partly answered by the demands of our client,” says one of the architects – but the building is also listed, so many of the choices made were dictated by law.
The towering windows remain the focal point of the building – from the inside and out – recreating the original geometric glazing that dominated the original design.
According to DeZeen, the pools history harks back to the Nazi era, and the site was used as a training ground for Adolf Hitler’s personal bodyguard division. It was designed by Karl Reichle and Karl Badberger, who opted for the lofty and imposing neo-classical dimensions for the design, a style favoured by the dictator and his party at the time.