A public swimming hall as part of a larger-scale development effort for the Ähtäri Resort area


1650 m2

City of Ähtäri

Studio Puisto Architects: Mikko Jakonen, Emma Johansson, Sampsa Palva, Heikki Riitahuhta, Willem van Bolderen, Sami Logren, Maiju Koskela (Interior)

Concept design, area planning, building design, interior design

The overarching concept for the Ähtäri swimming pool project is to create a spa-like swimming hall that will not only serve tourists staying at the Ähtäri Resort, but also residents in a distinct, experiential way. Due to its central location and connection to the Hotel Mesikämmen, the Ähtäri swimming pool completes the area, as part of a link between the different services. As such, the Ähtäri swimming pool is an integral part of the overall Ähtäri Resort master plan designed by Studio Puisto and one of the currently on-going development efforts.

With the user experience at the forefront, the plan for the swimming pool is designed to be both natural and straightforward, from the entrance lobby to the changing rooms to the washrooms and onwards to the pool areas. Similarly, the pool area itself is divided into three joined yet distinct areas. The main pool area is angled away from the spa area with children’s pool, shared sauna, jacuzzi and cold pool. Around the corner there is an atmospheric space for a therapy purposes pool with massaging water streams. The overall scale of all these spaces is pleasantly intimate, as sloping ceilings provide spatial variation through lower exterior walls and loftier elevations, where natural light floods beautifully into these spaces through skylights.

To further the unforgettable spa experience, the landscape windows along the interior are endless panoramic views of the adjacent Hankavesi, enhancing the connection between inside and out.

The overall interior concept is geared towards fostering a calming atmosphere through the use of wood, stone and concrete surfaces. It is a swimming hall that is ultimately spa-like and luxurious, while at the same time serving the public in sharing a memorable bathing experience with all.

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