This is a student project from University of Stuttgart, Faculty for Architecture and Urban Planning
A long bar pervades the site on the water level. Half burrowed, half visible, the building reveals its form only partially. It is flanked by a huge wall, giving the building firm support and accompanying it endways far over the lake. It guides the view and provides the building a certain strength. The wall is oriented towards the South and therefore absorbs the sun’s light and conducts a part of it into the hot springs, while the other part is transformed into electricity.
The whole wall is covered with moving tiles, which react sensitively to the visitors, creating smooth waves along its side and thus generating a calm and appealing atmosphere inside the building. All the elements are tightened onto the wall and form a smooth and flat surface, waiting to be stimulated to swing and wave at any time. As the waves move gently over the wall’s surface, light descents onto the elements and is reflected in all directions. This animates the hot springs beneath it in a calm way and grants it a distinctive ambience. The wall generates an almost complete closed room together with the building‘s roof. Only a small gap in between is open for sunlight and lets the building breathe. The space underneath becomes inside and outside at the same time.