Preserving building culture by renovating and continuing to build – The Alster swimming pool in Hamburg

The Alster swimming pool in Hamburg is known far beyond the borders of the Hanseatic city for its striking building shape. Its unusual roof, which was designed more than 50 years ago by our office founder Jörg Schlaich, makes it an architectural and engineering highlight. The impressive concrete shell consists of two symmetrical hyperbolic paraboloids leaning against each other. The renovation and further construction of the Alster swimming pool hall has achieved two things. Firstly, a somewhat outdated indoor swimming pool has been transformed into a new, modern facility that offers all the prerequisites for successful, future-proof continued operation for years to come. Secondly, one of the largest self-supporting shells in Europe has been preserved as part of a living building culture. The refurbishment and the associated further construction can provide inspiration on how to deal with older buildings in the future and what opportunities can lie in their preservation. Last but not least, this can contribute to the sustainable design of the built environment.

sbp Director Sandra Niebling will kick off the lecture series “Structures – Design, Modeling and Construction” in the summer semester with a lecture on the Alster swimming pool in Hamburg. At the invitation of the structural engineering institutes, personalities from research and practice give lectures on current topics and projects in this series. The lecture will take place on Tuesday, May 14, 2024 at 18:00 in lecture hall V 47.03 (University of Stuttgart, Campus Vaihingen, Pfaffenwaldring 47)

Further information about the lecture and the speaker here.