Outdoor Swimming Pool Am Mühleteich
Riehen, Switzerland
Project 1986-1987

Influenced by the observation on the earlier scheme of 1979-1982 (Indoor and Outdoor Swimming Pool Am Mühleteich), the programme was changed to consist only of open-air pools, now made visible as vessels standing in the landscape. Beneath the overhangs, the changing rooms and ancillary spaces are contained in timber enclosures. The conceptual simplicity and direct forms contrast markedly with the more differentiated composition of its predecessor. The programmatic and formal concentration of the open-air pool continues the attitude of searching for the synthesis of idea and simple form seen in the Stone House or the House for an Art Collector.
Herzog & de Meuron, 1995


Herzog & de Meuron Team:
Partners: Jacques Herzog, Pierre de Meuron
Project Team: Dieter Locher, Rina Plangger

Gemeinde Riehen

Pool Specialist: Bernd Kannewischer, Zug
Structural Engineering: Helmut Pauli, Ingenieurbüro Schaub, Basel

Building Data:
Area Surface: 4,600sqm
Building Area: 1,750sqm (swimming pool)


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