The scale model of the new swimming complex in Budapest

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Golden undulating exterior, unique panorama, solar energy supported competition pools, energy generating pavement - in all respect a unique world class facility will wait the world's best swimmers at the 2017 Junior and 2021 Senior World Championships in Budapest.

The six-story high, more than 25 thousand square-meter floating palace in Budapest will be constructed near "Dagály-fürdő". The swimming complex, besides being available for the most prestigious international events also accommodates teaching pools where kids living in the capital region can learn about the basics of swimming. The facility in "normal" mode will accommodate 5,000 seats, but during the 2021 World Championships the number of seats will be expanded to 18 thousand. The facility will have a retractable roof, which during the hot summer days can be fully opened.

The swimming complex, however will be much more than just a simple sporting facility! It will be part of a 21 century based recreational paradise, which will be built around it and include gardens, walking paths, a new boat station and so on. The golden undulating facade of the structure incorporates two meter wide openings, which provide a unique panoramic view of the capital city -- the Parliament building, the Gellért Hill, the Buda Castle, the Matthias Church and the Margaret Island, even the ridges of the Pilis mountains.

The leading designer of the facility Marcel Ferencz incorporated renewable energy proficiency into the design, such as geothermal, and solar energy producing components. Even the thermal energy of the water in the pools will be recycled rather than wasted. In fact, visitors themselves can contribute to the efficient operation of the building by walking along the energy-producing sidewalks.

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