BOBBEL*: BRATISLAVA CITY BATHS
The City of Bratislava and the Metropolitan Institute of Bratislava have called for propositions in an architectural competition to restore the original function of the Grössling Bath and complete it with new forms of cultural-community activities and thus open the space to the public.
The proposed conception envisages opening
up the historical building of Grössling bathhouse to the city by merging it
with the public square on the Northern side. A new accessible entrance is
created on the basement level by sloping down the front park. The existing
trees and their root systems are preserved, forming a patterned space of landscaped
„green bubbles”. This avoids interference with the historical facade, while
ensuring an entrance that complies with contemporary requirements.
The principle of openness,
permeability and informal space is continued all throughout BOBBEL’s territory with the use of
various „bubbles” to signify the main activity of an area. Circular parasols,
open-type showers, self-service lockers, green islands of seating, hot stone
circles and various pools are sprinkled within the orthogonal structure of the
bathhouse. A clear boundary between the old and the new is created by
juxtaposing the rigid, orthogonal existing volumes with new, informal,
(n.), early 14th century, from Middle Dutch bobble, root word for the Slovak bublina: small vesicle of water, figurative use in reference to
anything lacking firmness, permanence or clear boundaries.
BASEMENT FLOOR PLAN
GROUND FLOOR PLAN
2ND FLOOR PLAN
3RD FLOOR PLAN