The form of the building draws from the motion of waves washing ashore, with curving curtain walls undulating along the lakefront. As the landscape rises up from the lake, the building masses step up naturally to meet the raised ground of the city.
“We envisioned a building where the architecture gives hints of its functionality, the waveform in the façade and the large panoramic windows blur the boundary between pools inside and lake outside,” said Kim Herforth Nielsen, founder and principal 3XN Architects.
In front of the building, a new plaza will provide access to the building as well as entrances to several new restaurants. A double-height lobby space will welcome visitors and allow for simple navigation of the building functions and its four different pool areas.
All of the building elements are connected through its facade, which will feature a sinuous wooden screen passing over large panoramic windows that open up views to the lake. 3XN has chosen to employ timber in the façade for its strength to weight ratio, as well as its environmental qualities.
“As a building material wood is recyclable, highly durable and provides an aesthetic quality and warm feeling to the building,” says Kim Herforth Nielsen.
According to the jury statement, 3XN’s proposal was selected for “perfectly captur[ing] the scale of Linköping.”
Construction on the estimated €80 million ($111 million AUD) project will begin in September 2017 and is expected to be completed in 2021.