Company News • 28.08.2008
Light scenes provide inspiration for the senses
KissSalis adventure pool complex in Bad Kissingen
The KissSalis spa in Bad Kissingen features pool areas, sauna park and bathing landscape, fitness arena and wellness pavilion split upon two levels. Not a conventional bathing environment awaits the visitor, but rather a sensory inspiration. The architecture assimilates the organic forms of nature. Flowing transitions between inside and out and the concepts of relaxation and movement, activity and pleasure have a positive effect upon the well-being of guests.
Natural and artificial light is a major element in this concept, and the principle of flowing transitions has been repeated here. The large-area glazed front and six light cuppolas in the roof plane with a diameter of up to eight metres create an optimal use of daylight. The visitors’ gaze can drift undisturbed to the outer areas. During nocturnal hours the colour spectacle of the large light column within the bathing area is a landmark for the spa that can be recognised from afar. In the large pool, visitors lying on their backs can enjoy the colour changes of the column that reach upwards like a rainbow to the glass cuppola, and change to red, green, violet, blue and then yellow. The lighting concept contributes to a peaceful, relaxing atmosphere.
The bathing area has been designed as a large, open-planned space in which the approximately 1,000 m² of water surface area is split into varying sizes with various functions. A connection to the architectural tradition of Bad Kissingen has been established with the form of the main interior columns that resemble mushroom-shaped support structures. The concrete supports, constructed at distances of 20 m, take on a special architectural task within the complete KissSalis spa concept. All six columns below the skylights have been constructed with a funnel-shaped encasement that widens as it reaches upwards. The chalice-shaped skin made of a special transparent textile is backlit from within with tubolino R luminaires with IP65 protection, equipped with fluorescent lamps. The light columns were manufactured by Lichtwerk GmbH from Königsberg, specialists for custom luminaires. Five of the columns illuminate with a uniform white light, and their light intensity is controlled via the Lightcontrol LC-P CPU E control unit. The control also determines that the central light column equipped with RGB technology from Lichtwerk is embellished with continuously changing colours. This results in a unique in-scene setting with light that ensures a homogenous interplay for all light columns. With their gentle adaptive play between peacefulness and movement they create a particularly soothing atmosphere.
A positive side-effect of the large-scale textile component: pleasant acoustic conditions have been created with the column covering that comes near to simulating the character of a spa bath. The wellness lighting is rounded off with LED light pillars from Lichtwerk that structurise the bathing landscape and with their blue light invite visitors to relax and to dream. Outdoors the design language of the columns can also be experienced: a mushroom-shaped luminaire element with a waterfall creates a shimmering impression with LED technology.
- Object: KissSalis-Therme, Bad Kissingen Germany
- Construction authority: Stadtwerke GmbH, Bad Kissingen Germany
- Architect: Kenez & Jaeger, Stuttgart Germany
- Planning: Holz in Form, Oberthulba Germany
- Custom luminaires: Lichtwerk GmbH, Königsberg Germany