Robert Petrén – AIX Arkitekter
AIX Arkitekter chose to use sustainable GreenCoat Pro BT colour coated steel for the roofs using standing seam systems in a distinct Nordic Night Black colour, which goes tone in tone with the painted black wooden façade.
• 2021 Landezine International Landscape Award (LILA) /Shortlisted
• 2020 Swedish Design Awards / Shortlisted
What is the inspiration for this project?
There were many sources of inspiration, starting with the history, context and scale of the surrounding landscape and buildings. We also looked to principles of Japanese architecture which have strong roots in craft and fine-tuned details. Simple but beautiful in its high quality, light yet robust and with a strong connection between the outside and inside.
What were the challenges you had to overcome while designing Järvabadet?
Järvabadet needs to cater to the needs of all groups, genders, and ages in our society. As a public building, it also has to be very robust and durable. These are often contradictory when creating the kind of sensitive and fine-tuned architecture that we like to create. Finding the right details and methods for building has been a big challenge.
To what extent did sustainability play a role in the design and construction of Järvabadet?
Both environmental and social sustainability played a big role in the project. We worked very closely with the client in developing a swimming pool where everyone can feel equal and safe at all times and, of course, with a minimal environmental impact.
Why did you choose GreenCoat® colour coated steel for the roof of Järvabadet?
With the sustainable approach we had, there was no other way to go. GreenCoat® is a product based on green products and offers high performance. Steel is a very durable and long-lasting material for roofs and façades which fits well with the type of high-quality materials we like to use in our buildings.
Most GreenCoat® products use a substantial amount of Swedish rapeseed oil in the paint instead of fossil fuel oils. What do you think about this sustainable innovation for architecture?
We always try to search for new products and methods of production for our projects. The innovation of a paint almost free of fossil fuel oils appeals very much to our environmental ambition. GreenCoat® is an amazing product that ticks all the boxes.
Why did you choose the Nordic Night Black colour for the roof?
The colour fits the architectural ambition very well. Black is also a colour that will always be available for future maintenance. It also fits very well in merging the architecture with the nature around the building. The black colour is always present in nature, but you don’t realize it until you see it in place.