When the Rebstockbad was opened in 1982, it was the largest adventure pool in Germany and a real showpiece. In the meantime, the swimming pool has visibly aged and, after 35 years and more than 20 million guests, has a number of technical and structural deficiencies. However, since the Rebstockbad is still the most important swimming pool location in Frankfurt and attracts 600,000 water rats every year, action must of course be taken here. And so the existing Rebstockbad is approaching the end of its operating life. Based on the investigation of various development possibilities, the city of Frankfurt am Main has decided to demolish the existing pool and build a new replacement building at the same location.
But what should the new Rebstockbad look like? What should it offer its guests? A two-stage Europe-wide planning competition was held to develop the future prospects for the swimming pool in the best possible way. From the very different and interesting designs that were submitted, eleven competition participants were able to qualify. After intensive consultations with the high-ranking jury, two designs were finally awarded prizes. The design by ARGE Venhoeven c.s./MOW Architekten was awarded second prize. The design of the planning office Geising + Böker Architekten was awarded first prize by the jury. In addition, the commissioning of Geising + Böker Architekten with the planning of the new Rebstockbad is recommended.
Thanks to a flexible and modular concept of the main areas of use - sports swimming, adventure pool, sauna and adjoining room areas - the possibilities of use of all areas are also optimised and the attractiveness for all guests is ensured. Another important component of the new Rebstockbad is the energy- and resource-saving, ecological as well as economical construction and operation of the Rebstockbad, taking into account environmental and climate protection.
The new Rebstockbad will be one of the largest swimming pool projects in Germany with over 18,000 square metres of gross floor space and over 2,000 square metres of water surface. The functional sports pool will meet the requirements of schools, clubs and athletes with a competition-suitable swimming area, an instructional swimming area and a diving area. In the exciting adventure area, a variety of attractions, such as a wave pool, a lazy river, various heated pools and areas for families with children offer an exciting and varied swimming experience. Action is available in the slide and activity area. This will be equipped with three adventure slides at the beginning, the possibility of adding more slides at a later date will be taken into account.
But not only fun and action should be offered. A relaxing break from everyday life should also be guaranteed by the attractive sauna area. Among other things, it should be equipped with interesting saunas, cold and warm pools, resting areas and a spacious outdoor sauna area. The main uses of the new Rebstockbad will be complemented by a wellness and spa area and the administration of the BäderBetriebe Frankfurt.
P>It will be a while before we can plunge into the waters of the new Rebstockbad or relax in the saunas. Because after the existing Rebstockbad is closed at the end of April 2021, construction work on the new bath will not begin until 2023. The new Rebstockbad, for which a total net investment of around 89.5 million euros has been earmarked, is scheduled to open at the end of 2025.
The next step after the planning competition is the negotiation procedure with the prize-winners. The final selection of the prizewinner/design to be commissioned with the planning is scheduled for the beginning of 2021.
The new construction of the Rebstockbad is of central importance for securing the future supply of leisure and water areas and the possibility of active leisure activities in Frankfurt am Main. The Frankfurt Baths are looking forward to the positive future prospects and the beautiful new Rebstockbad.