2017 - Reykjavik Swimming Hall
The Swimming Hall on Baronsstigur is one of the best known buildings in Iceland, and one that many consider one of the best examples of the work of the architect Guðjón Samúelsson. . The original Swimming Hall was inaugurated on 23. March 1937 and celebrated therefore its 80 th anniversary in 2017. The new addition was opened in December 2017. The outdoors area is sheltered and includes a 25 meter swimming pool, a wading pool, a jacuzzi, a cold pool and a sauna. The new building includes the womans changing rooms and changing rooms for the disabled, but the mens changing room in the existing building has been renovated. The pool area is visible from the upper floor entry.
Emphasis was placed on maintaining the architectural language of the existing building so that that new complex might achieve a comprehensive whole. The new pool is set on a lower level than the entry from Baronstigur , thereby the south side of the main building remains largely unchanged and visible from the street. Lightness is paramount in dimensions and proportions, both of walls and openings, which echo those of the existing building.
The building has achieved environmental certification, BREEAM, and is the first project by Reykavik City to do this.
Photography Gunnar Sverrisson.