Herzog & De Meuron have designed the Naturbad Riehen in Switzerland, a public bath house for visitors. While many public baths look very man-made this one takes on a natural look, and does not use traditional chemicals found in most baths.
The design has natural vegetation around the outside of the pool, adding to its non-constructed look. The pool also uses a biological filter process, so that although it looks like a pond, its cleanliness is up to regular standards. Having visitors come and swim in an actual pond would defeat the purpose of a bath house, so hygiene of the design is still extremely important. Apparently the pools can hold up to a couple thousand guests throughout the course of the day and still retain cleanliness.
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The Naturbad Riehen in Switzerland Has a Natural Look
1. Natural Public Swimming Pools - There is a growing trend for designing swimming pools with a natural, non-man-made look and using sustainable and non-chemical filtration systems.
2. Eco-friendly Bath Houses - Bath houses are being designed with sustainable, nature-inspired features and with a focus on environmental impact and water conservation.
3. Biological Filtration Systems - The use of biological filtration systems in swimming pools and bath houses is increasingly popular, not just for sustainability, but for providing an authentic natural experience for visitors.
1. Hospitality - The hospitality industry can benefit from incorporating natural, eco-friendly features into swimming pools and bath houses in order to attract environmentally conscious consumers.
2. Architecture and Design - Architects and designers can disrupt the industry by innovating and applying sustainable and nature-inspired principles in the design of public swimming pools and bath houses.
3. Environmental Sustainability - The trend towards natural swimming pools and bath houses with sustainable filtration systems contributes to the goal of reducing the environmental impact of human activities.