Termalija Family Wellness in Podčetrtek, Slovenia

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Termalija Family Wellness in Podčetrtek

Slovenian Spa Building Development – design by Enota Architects

24 Oct 2018

Termalija Family Wellness

Design: Enota

Location: Podčetrtek, Slovenia

Termalija Family Wellness

Termalija Family Wellness is the latest in the series of projects which Enota Architects have built at Terme Olimia in the last fifteen years and concludes the complete transformation of the complex from a classic health centre built in the 1980s to a modern relaxing thermal spa.

Termalija Family Wellness in Podčetrtek

The transformation has been characterised by its gradual nature – each step was carried out in response to the then-current needs and did not follow any preconceived development plan. In fact, every new building was believed both by the investor and by Enota Architects to be the last.

Termalija Family Wellness Podčetrtek

Termaija Family Fun Podčetrtek

The usual development of such complexes results in a series of extensions that slowly fill the space and do not conceal their origin in terms of either the period or the design. Enota Architects took a rather different approach in the renovation of Terme Olimia, and with each new building, they tried to improve the situation also in terms of the urbanism.

Termaija Family Fun Podčetrtek

Termaija Family Fun Podčetrtek Slovenia

At the same time, the architects invested a lot of effort into designing the buildings in such a way that despite the new programme added each time, the buildings do not actually fill the space but connect it even more with the nature that surrounds them.

Termaija Family Fun Slovenia

Termaija Family Fun Podčetrtek

The same applies to the Termalija Family Wellness. The new facility is located at the site of the former wintertime covering of the outdoor pool. The cover was supposed to be retracted every summer to free up the scarce outdoor space, but in practice, this was never done because of the complexity of the retraction process. With its size and form, the membrane covering of the outdoor water surfaces stood out considerably from the surrounding built structure.

Termaija Family Fun Podčetrtek

Termaija Family Fun Podčetrtek

While the previous projects were the result of the wishes of the investor, this one was actually proposed by us. The existing winter covering was a definite detriment to the guests’ experience of this otherwise very naturally designed complex. But this was not the sole reason: in its programme and design, the old part featuring thermal content stood in stark contrast to the new one, giving rise to mounting complaints from guests who wanted the service to be on an equal level. This persuaded the investor to go ahead with this last step of the transformation of the entire complex.

Termaija Family Fun Podčetrtek

Termaija Family Fun Podčetrtek

Previously, a greater portion of the building was cut-and-filled under the surrounding terrain with each subsequent project, which reduced their presence on the site. In the case of the Termalija Family Wellness, however, we weren’t able to simply repeat this design approach. The volume of the necessary space, especially in the area with water surfaces, required the siting of a much larger structure which could not simply be buried below the grade. No longer being able to reference only the surrounding natural landscape, the solution was found in the scale and form of the surrounding vernacular structures.

Termaija Family Fun Podčetrtek

Termaija Family Fun Podčetrtek

While we were still able to design Termalija’s supporting programme in the same way as we had previously done Orhidelia, the large roof above the water area was divided into sets of smaller segments to prevent its scale from overwhelming the surroundings. Viewed from a distance, the shape, colour, and scale of new clustered structure of tetrahedral volumes is a continuation of the cluster of the surrounding rural buildings, which simply visually extends into the heart of the complex.

Termaija Family Fun Podčetrtek

Termaija Family Fun Podčetrtek

Termaija Family Fun Podčetrtek

The resulting fine structure of volumes has enabled us to solve another important task. The seemingly complex geometry gives the new roof static strength, allowing the entire pool space to be covered virtually without supports. In this way, the new roof floats above the pool platform, which is designed as an exterior space. Due to the lack of outdoor spaces in the summer, it was imperative to examine solutions which would deliver the same closed space used by the guests in winter as an open space in summer.

Termaija Family Fun Podčetrtek

Numerous skylights in the roof, together with the ability to fully open all the facade glass surfaces, enable the guests to seamlessly pass through the interior of the building. Despite its size and the space it occupies, the new roof simply acts as a big summertime sunshade and does not usurp any of the precious exterior space.

Termaija Family Fun Podčetrtek

Termalija Family Wellness, Podčetrtek – Building Information

type: commission
year: 2016
status: built 2018

size: 8.780 sqm
site: 10.200 sqm
footprint: 3.930 sqm
cost: 10.000.000 EUR

client: Terme Olimia
location: Podčetrtek, Slovenia
coordinates: 46°09’23.7″N 15°36’25.2″E
architecture: ENOTA
project team: Dean Lah, Milan Tomac, Peter Sovinc, Nuša Završnik Šilec, Polona Ruparčič, Peter Karba, Carlos Cuenca Solana, Jurij Ličen, Tjaž Bauer, Sara Mežik, Eva Tomac, Jakob Kajzer, Maja Majerič, Goran Djokić

collaborators: Ivan Ramšak s.p. (structural engineering), Nom biro (electrical installations), Nom biro (mechanical services), Darrtech (pool technology)

Termaija Family Fun Podčetrtek

Termaija Family Fun Podčetrtek

Photos: Miran Kambič

Termalija Family Wellness in Podčetrtek, Slovenia images / information from Enota

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Location: Podčetrtek, Slovenia

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