And the winner is: Csik Ferenc Swimming Pool in Sopron
The Csik Ferenc Swimming Pool in Sopron has won the BigSEE Architecture International Grand Prix in the Recreation and Sport category for its design by the architectural firm KÖZTI. The BigSEE awards recognize the best architecture, interior design solutions in six different categories in 21 countries of the southeastern European region. In addition to the Csik Ferenc Swimming Pool in Sopron, KÖZTI was also recognized for three other projects.
The BigSEE award was founded by the Slovenian Ljubljana-based foundation Zavod Big: SEE that stands for southeast Europe. The award aims to showcase and recognize excellence in architecture, interior design, and creative industries. The jury assesses projects based on various criteria, including innovation, intelligent design and originality, sustainability, social awareness, and functionality. Over the years, the BigSEE Architecture Award has grown to become a major architectural recognition.
BigSEE Grand Prix award ceremony (from left to right) Bálint Kelemen, Tamás Németh, and Csaba Tompos, architects from KÖZTI with the Grand Prix, Photo: Sterling Cooper Advertising Agency
“We won the Grand Prix for Architecture in the Central European Region in the Recreation and Sport category,” said Zoltán Tima. The Director of Planning at KÖZTI added:
KÖZTI has built many important buildings with a sports function, but one of the biggest international successes in recent times was the Sopron swimming pool. The award is a worthy crowning of the career of our former colleague, architect Csaba Tompos.
One of the important aspects of the design of the swimming pool in Sopron was to ensure that it would fit in well with its green surroundings, leaving as much green space as possible for the beach. The swimming pool hall, designed under the direction of Csaba Tompos, has a direct visual connection with the surrounding greenery through large glass surfaces, with the Alpine landscape almost flowing through the pool area. It has a 25-meter wide and 50-meter-long pool suitable for international competitions, a 25-meter wide and 25-meter long small pool, warm-up and training pools, as well as service rooms. The multi-purpose bathing and swimming complex is also suitable for international competitions, while serving local and tourist needs.
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The BigSEE Architecture Awards ceremony took place on May 19 in Ljubljana. KÖZTI also received awards at this year’s Big SEE in Slovenia for the five-star LUA Resort in Balatonfüred, the parking garage in Sopron, and the ruin conservation in Sádvár, located in the Aggtelek National Park. In previous years, the White House office building, the BudaPart Homes “D” building, and the V.30 Downtown Sports Center were also category winners at the international competition.
Public Building Design Ltd. (KÖZTI) is one of the oldest architectural firms in Hungary, employing more than 50 architects. Among its most important projects are the reconstruction of the Várkert Bazaar and Kossuth Square in Budapest, Puskás Arena, the Liszt Ferenc Airport Skycourt, and the T2B pier.
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