Refurbished by Urbane Kultur Architectes, the futuristic Tournesol pool in Lingolsheim adds dashing charm to its French neighbourhood
Within the framework of a programme entitled 1000 Pools, launched back in 1969 , architect Bernard Schoeller designed the Tournesol or Sunflower pool, a structure which opens its “petals” when the sun comes out. Without altering its unique, space-age look in order to preserve the building’s intrinsic qualities, Urbane Kultur has renovated the dome, adding energy-saving improvements and keeping the mechanism that allows the structure to slide open 120 degrees.
On refurbishing the dome, the design firm opted for HI-MACS for its high flexibility to match the curves of the UFO-like dome. The Solid Surface was thermoformed into a double curvature to merge with the existing structure and clad the arched forms.
By using made-to-measure HI-MACS Alpine White panels, the renovation features invisible joints, sealing the panels together and adding the finishing touch. The surface of the dome is made up of 48 units, measuring about 150cm by 200cm, that form the lining of the lower part of the structure.
When installing the interiors, the practice applied the same material on furniture in the reception area, including bench and counter, and the sinks in the sanitary facilities.