Old Thermal Baths in Mondorf-les-Bains
Client
Ministère de la Santé ; Ministère des Travaux Publics, Bâtiments publics
Budget
€16 113 079
Surface
16 500m2
STDM team
Yung-Nam Bastin, Pol Christophory, Marc Colbach, Arnaud De Meyer, Nicolas Fallon, Rodolphe Mertens, Camille Pochet, Ralf Siegle, Nico Steinmetz, Muriel Vereecken
Site
Mondorf-les-Bains,
Photos
Christof Weber, Frank Weber
Stability
T6 - Ney & Partners
Mechanicals
Goblet Lavandier & Associés Ingénieurs-Conseils SA
Landscape architect
Joseph Pletsch
Execution
2004
Technical Control
SOCOTEC Luxembourg
Acoustics
SPC Acoustique
Mission
full
Acoustics
SPC Acoustique
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Old Thermal Baths in Mondorf-les-Bains

The challenge of the transformation and extension project of the old baths (1925) of the thermal site (1845) of Mondorf-les-Bains was to give back these places marked by the collective memory to the public. Last vestiges of an important period of the local and national history, preserved after a series of important destructions by fire (1950) and ‘tabula rasa’ reconstructions (1970) and abandoned since 1988, the former thermal baths have been reconverted to welcome a series of activities which have always been complementary to thermalism: to meet to celebrate, to present, to discuss, to listen.

 

In the old buildings, the original materials and works have been preserved and protected throughout the works. The new interventions are clearly contemporary and expressed in contrast by the nuanced use of materials, textures and colours. Glass, steel, wood and dark grey stone are contrasted with solid walls, painted wood and beige stone. The visitor can easily recognise the different layers of history.

The new thus enriches the old, the old forms the basis for new activities, the two complement each other.

 

The old, obsolete technical areas have been extensively redesigned to create the main meeting areas: the festival hall and the entrance foyer, as well as a new entrance to the park with a covered passageway to the old Orangery.

The festival hall is covered by four vaulted monocoque structures made of wood, with a span of 18.60 m. It is a multifunctional hall for banquets, seminars, conferences, a memorable place. The hall’s terrace is also the stage for an outdoor amphitheatre, which in the summer months hosts open-air shows, extending the nature of this gathering place outside the buildings.

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