Debrecen’s newest spa, featuring 15 pools, eight slides, a 12-meter-high sun terrace, and a “children’s world” on 5,700-square-meter, had to postpone its grand opening. But as soon as the situation improves, the facility will start receiving guests, according to Iván Aurél, the local government’s press chief.
In the summer of 2015, the Debreceni Gyógyfürdő Kft. announced a design contest for the reconstruction of the Debrecen Public Bath. The winner, Bord Architect Studio transforms the public bath to a modern recreation center that will be the next iconic sign of the city just like the Great Forest.
This decisive spectacle was created by integrating the pools, the slides and whirlpools; and the connecting elements between these pools is the water itself.The floating water surfaces and waterfalls turn the bath to a glittering, and exciting place. Another aspect was to use the proximity of the surrounding forest and facilitate an active relationship with nature. The idea was to create an easily accessible and interoperable building from all directions.
After the development, the entire water surface of Debrecen Public Bath will be increased by 2000 square meters, from the previous 3600 square meters to almost 5700 square meters. The main entrance will be at “Pallagi” street reachable from the new promenade. Near the main entrance, a “duck” fountain will be placed at this point, manufactured by the Zsolnay factory.
The situation is similar in all surrounding baths, closed for now, including the Hungarospa spa complex in Hajdúszoboszló where renovation works are currently underway. As to the free beach on the Tisza River in Tivadar, it will be operational starting in June, subject to permits from the local authority, Mayor Sándor Danó said. Meanwhile, in Nyíregyháza, all the baths are maintained by Sóstó-Gyógyfürdők Zrt. and have been closed indefinitely. According to the mayor of Tiszafüred, Imre Ujvári, it is too early to say when the city’s beaches will open. They are reviewing the epidemiological situation every week and will decide about the opening in line with government protocol.