ARCHITECTURE: Baths of Geronde
Baths of Geronde - “Côte Sauvage”
Client City of Sierre, Switzerland
Location Sierre, Switzerland
The renovation of the historical outdoor pool “Les Bains de Géronde” is designed as a renaturalization of the shore and a strengthening of the connection to the lake. The level of the new swimming pools is lowered to establish a straightforward yet sensitive relationship to the water level of the Lac de Géronde, with stairs and boardwalks providing swimmers direct access to the lake. The renewed natural landscaping encompasses the swimming area, creating an idyllic setting for the bathing experience.
The original semicircular changing-room building by Hans Bieri, embedded in the landscape, serves as a second source of inspiration. This terrace principle extends to the new entrance, as well as northeastern hillside, as a promenade along the cliffs. The thus emerging terraced levels allow for both the harmonious integration of the new spatial program as well as the use of the roof promenade as a tour around the lake in the off-season. The careful restoration of this modernist facility enhances its impact. The material palette, limited to concrete, aluminum and wood, serves as a contemporary counterpart to the historical features. The pioneering spirit of modernist sport architecture informs this sustainable expansion and returns the picturesque location of Géronde to the foreground.