Money The magnificent municipal baths of Strasbourg style Art Nouveau reopen to the public after two years of renovation

21:20  27 october  2021
21:20  27 october  2021 Source:   francetvinfo.fr

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This architectural jewel, classified as a historical monument, has been renovated and modernized, keeping the original spirit.

  Les magnifiques bains municipaux de Strasbourg de style Art nouveau rouvrent au public après deux ans de rénovation © Provided by FranceInfo

The municipal baths of Strasbourg, extensive set of style "Jugendstil", the equivocal of the art nouveau in Germany, partly classified to the historical monuments, will reopen to the public on November 8, after three years of closure that made it possible to renovate the building.

"These baths are an architectural jewel, emblematic of the former German Imperial district, ranked by UNESCO", welcomed the Mayor, Jeanne Barseghian (EELV), during a press visit. "The goal of renovation was to remain in the spirit of origin, while offering new services and improve energy performance," she said.

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Interior spaces have been retained and restored, as well as stained glass windows, historic cabins, showers or period furniture, wood. In addition to the traditional Roman baths, a new wellness area and spa has been furnished, with sauna, jacuzzi, a cave of salt or massy showers.

The two main basins are now interconnected by new access, while outside, a new basin, fruit of proposals formulated during the public consultation, was built instead of the former car park. Two gyms and a dietary workshop have emerged in the old boiler room. The whole is accessible to people with reduced mobility.

Water saving

The renovation, with a cost of 40.2 million euros, was conducted by Eiffage, with Chatillon architects and TNA architects. It must make it possible to save water up to 80% and decrease the energy consumption of the building by 41%.

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"We used 850 liters of water by user, we will be able to fall 150 liters of water per person, thanks to filter systems," welcomed Alexandre Feltz, the deputy in charge of public health. The site, ownership of the town hall, will be operated in public service delegation by Equalia.

"There had been different imagined projects, to sell the building to make it a hotel, or to develop a public-private partnership, and it was a fight and a political decision during the last mandate to conserve this heritage under Public control, "said Jeanne Barseghian.

The building was built by the German architect Fritz Beblo between 1905 and 1908, at a time when Strasbourg was German. It had been recorded in the historical monuments in 2000.

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