Stockholm kallbadhus is a project by Swedish architect Thomas Sandell and his office SandellSandberg, Viamare Invest and Nordic Hotels. The Stockholm Kallbadhus builds on the strong tradition of cold-water plunges, stemming from Sweden’s historically close relationship to nature and the sea.
The program consists of a public swimming area, spa, café, restaurant and a small scale hotel. It is located in central Stockholm within Riddarfjärden, a part of Lake Mälaren, one of Sweden’s largest lakes. The Stockholm Kallbadhus is situated off the shoreline of Norr Mälarstrand, a popular waterfront promenade. To the east the promenade runs along the stone paved harbour with its docked boats and willow trees, while to the west the promenade takes on the qualities of a park.
The Stockholm Kallbadhus attaches itself where the two paths meet functioning as an extension to the existing promenade and adding a third element – a loop out onto the water surface. The visitor is led from the promenade to the Stockholm Kallbadhus via two separate bridges hovering over the water. The first bridge clasps itself to the park portion of the promenade and leads to an expansive wooden sun deck and the water, creating a beach within the centre of the structure. Here one can sunbathe, swim and take cold plunges. From this wooden deck, a ramp leads up to the undulating roof, echoing a rolling landscape, clad in wood decking and landscaped in grass. Here one can visit a café, take a stroll, jog or simply relax in the grass.
The second bridge attaches to the stone harbour and leads to the main indoor entry of the Stockholm Kallbadhus. Here one sees the City Hall tower and the skyline of Stockholm’s historic centre as well as the framed landscape of the water and sky inside the circular building. To the left of the main entry are the hotel reception, restaurant and bar and to the right are the indoor spa facilities. In plan, the Stockholm Kallbadhus is 130 meters in diameter. In the daylight hours the façade reflects the colours and shades of the surroundings, whereas at night it hovers and glows above the water. Just as the water surface is in constant motion and transformation, the silhouette of Stockholm Kallbadhus also transforms as the viewer moves along the shore.
If you by any chance are passing by Stockholm during the period 11-30 June you have a chance to the Stockholm kallbadhus exhibition at Nordic Sea Hotel. The exhibition will be open 3pm-6pm.
If everything goes according to the plans construction will start this autumn and grand opening is set to July 1 2009.
I wrote about another interesting sea bath recently called Kastrup Sea Bath which you can read through this link.