In the heart of Royat, in France, at the confluence of the rivers Tiretaine and Liaboux, lies the dynamic answer to the patients' need for a pool to help restore movement. The "green wave" pool
To increase care options for cardiovascular and rheumatic diseases, a “wave of plants” was proposed to cover the pool hall. under its curve. This wave will be a real urban symbol of care for patients, in a high quality environment.
As one observes this project from Royat avenue one notices its slightly austere line on the metal facade. "Green Wave" takes into account all the limitations of the area and presents a compact volumetrics of pillars, which form the engraved metal frame. In fact, the arched architecture of the pool sits at the edge of the main building, extending along the fire lane to the laundries and workshops below.
The pools under the "Green Wave" are circular in shape and are next to each other. So the patients can take advantage of the care provided to them as the physical therapists have equal visibility to each of them, since their points are in the center of the pool.
The "green wave" pool
To the east of the stretch near the source, the volume of plants stops at the boundary created by the plants. But in order to unify the architectures of the landscape, the roof extends and becomes convertible thus creating a single height space with easy access to the “Auraline” source. The existing facade is converted into an internal wooden wall with porthole-like openings and horizontal recesses behind which the changing rooms are located. Two bridges provide access to these changing rooms, while the open space between the floor of the extension and the building lets natural light pass to the ground floor of the building through a glass floor.
Unique atmosphere next to the hot baths
The atmosphere is warm, homey and very relaxing. The warm waters inside the pools shimmer as they are reflected in the inner dome. In fact, the swimmers of one of the two pools have the opportunity to enjoy a view of the sky. The second pool, the one located on the west side of the building, gives its own guests the opportunity to admire the plant-filled wall.
Protected within the bioclimatic cushion of the green wave
Aquatic plants placed in planters create the contour of the space around the pools. The changing rooms and the rest of the facilities are connected through two atriums, well-lit and full of plants. So patients are protected and calm in a cocoon of glass, steel, wood and greenery. One's stay in space could well be likened to staying on a ship, moored at the pier.
The “Green Wave” project mimics the natural environment on Royat Avenue. The pitched roof ensures great acoustic and thermal comfort inside the building. This bioclimatic pillow will reduce energy costs, accumulating heat in winter and ventilating the room naturally in summer. Through this project, the city is given the opportunity to breathe through a space of ecological regeneration, which is offered not only to the patients who visit the spa, but also to all the passers-by of Royat avenue and becomes part of the modern history of the city's inhabitants .