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Aquapark - Uherské Hradiště (Rep. Ceca)

Fragments of sky blue

Water surfaces and ceramic waves create a multicoloured floor covering in the swimming, leisure and relaxation areas of the Uherské HradištE water park
Author
Elisa Montalti
Photos
Luciano Busani
Architect
Saura Development Solutions
Surfaces
VOGUE
Distributor
Fin Gres S.R.O.
Year of completion
2010

A futuristic structure with large porthole-style windows welcomes guests at the entrance to Aquapark Uherské Hradiště, built by the town council as part of a programme to promote more active use of sports and leisure facilities by the public. This focus on health and leisure for all ages led to the creation of a water-based theme park with pools with different sizes and functions for swimming, wellness, relaxation and leisure.
The original structure, part of a large sports complex, is reminiscent of a fleet of ships. The front entrance façades have a compact appearance but open out at the rear towards the external garden via large glazed surfaces. The Olympic swimming pool is lit by large industrial shed-shaped skylights, giving the large space an almost outdoor feel with light that changes through the course of the day.
The town council initially assigned the renovation and expansion project to Saura Development Solutions of Brno, which performed a feasibility study based on the need to keep the Olympic swimming pool open to the public for as long as possible during the work. The aim was to build a water park which would have a social function and serve as a recreational centre for citizens in both winter and summer. For this purpose, it is equipped with a large green area at the back where the slides and outdoor pools are located.
The meticulously designed colour project followed for the interior surfaces aimed to create a stimulating and dynamic space. The colours sky blue, aviation blue and cobalt were used in the swimming pool areas to stimulate physical activity, while an orange palette was chosen for the waiting rooms and relaxation areas for its soothing qualities. The ceramic tiles were supplied by Ceramica Vogue in a 10×10 cm size, chosen in various colours and with a non-slip satin finish.
The coloured inserts used around the Olympic swimming pool and hot tubs create the impression of floating on a prevalently ice coloured geometric surface, resulting in dynamic perspectives. This design fits in perfectly with both the clean, sharp lines of the Olympic pool and the soft, sinuous shapes of the hot tubs, where the columns stand like coloured totem poles in harmony with the blue of the water.
Coloured patterns are also used to define the spaces and paths. They delineate perimeter and pool-edge lines, form skirting, and create a sense of space and volumes in a palette of colours ranging from cobalt to aviation blue and sky blue. This gives the appearance of a series of ceramic waves extending beyond the edge of the pool in a play of colours and geometries.
The walls are dominated by a yellow palette, tending towards mandarin and red, colours that are also used in the waiting rooms and relaxation areas. Here too the square modules define the perimeters and skirting, lending greater dynamism to the white surface that serves as a backdrop to the furnishings in the waiting and wellness areas.

Tiles
Ceramica Vogue, Interni, Flooring, Grip series
Type
porcelain stoneware
Sizes
10X10 - PEZZI SPECIALI
Technical characteristics
Modulus of rupture and breaking strength (ISO 10545-4): >40 N/mm2
Slip resistance (DIN 51130): R10 (Flooring) R11 (Grip)
Thermal shock resistance (ISO 10545-9): conforme
Crazing resistance (ISO 10545-11): conforme
Linear thermal expansion (ISO 10545-8): conforme
Water absorpion (ISO 10545-3): 1,5 %
Chemical resistance (ISO 10545-13): GB min.
Resistance to deep abrasion (ISO 10545-6): -
Stain resistance (ISO 10545-14): conforme
Frost resistance (ISO 10545-12): conforme
Certifications and awards
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