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“Schwimmoper” swimming centre, Wuppertal

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Renovated architectural monument: “Schwimmoper” swimming centre in Wuppertal

The “Schwimmoper” (English: “Swimming Opera House”) gets its name from the destroyed Barmen Opera House, which was to have been rebuilt where the swimming centre now stands.

Even in the 1950s, the “Schwimmoper” in Wuppertal was considered to be an extraordinary and well equipped sports centre. Thanks to modernisation work completed in 2010, its good reputation has also been brought up to date. In addition to a newly designed sauna and fitness area, the swimming centre boasts an imposing renovated swimming hall with room for 1600 spectators. The galleries extend parallel to the large sports pools and provide visitors with an optimum view of the competitions.

Strong colours and high-quality materials create a friendly atmosphere. The large blue area of water contrasts with the red heated benches, with colourful starting blocks adding a touch of lightness to the overall design. BEGA LED recessed wall luminaires are used to underline the friendly appearance. In the swimming pool they are exposed to particularly high humidity. This calls for a particularly high protection class to ensure that the luminaires display prolonged operational safety as well as a high level of cost-effectiveness.

In both the training pool and the shower areas, the luminaires meet the tough challenge. BEGA recessed ceiling luminaires are very well equipped for requirements of this type and have an extremely shallow installation depth.

Whatever the time of day, the combination of large glass fronts and well positioned BEGA luminaires create a bright and friendly light mood that highlights the impressive architecture of the 1950s.


Client

City of Wuppertal

Architecture (original building in 1957)

Friedrich Hetzelt

Architecture (renovation in 2010)

pbr Planungsbüro Rohling AG, Osnabrück

Lighting design

Dinnebier Licht GmbH, Wuppertal

Electrical planning

Office Hans Quel, Wuppertal

Landscape architecture

Planning Office HASSE, Mülheim an der Ruhr

Photography

Klemens Ortmeyer, Hannover