The building of the indoor pool which is considered to be one of the architecturally most interesting buildings in Košice has not served its purpose for many years.
After the branch of the river close to the pool was diverted, the building statics were disturbed and therefore it was no longer possible to use the building despite its favourable position and size. The aim of the reconstruction is not only to save the building but to take the project further and transform the internal area into a multi-functional centre – Kunsthalle.
Due to its architectural disposition, the building will mainly be used for organising international exhibitions, exhibitions of a chamber nature for the next generation as well as workshops. The strategy of ”Košice elements: light, water and sound” in the Kunsthalle/Hall of Art will include interviews with artists, exterior projects such as mapping, sculpture, sound, objects and an interactive environment.
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Connection of culture and water
After several expert discussions, it was proposed that the connection of culture with a water world in the interior and exterior should be maintained in order to be linked with its historic function and, at the same time, the building use should be an important contribution to the Košice – European Capital of Culture 2013 project and to the historic centre of the city, creating conditions for strengthening cultural potential and tourism in the region. The main content of specific projects will be water in the form of dance and theatre arts as well as new media.