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Hammarkullen research picture

Photo: Marti Manen/Joanna Zawieja

Hammarkullen research picture

Photo: Marti Manen

Hammarkullen research picture

Photo: Marti Manen

Hammarkullen research picture

Photo: Marti Manen/Joanna Zawieja

HAMMARKULLEN, GOTHENBURG

In Hammarkullen, the public baths threatened with closure were saved after public criticism. For a group of local women, the baths were a free zone, a place to converse privately and socialise. Currently the interior is being renovated and a group of local women is involved in the process.

Hammarkullen is located north of central Gothenburg. Two years ago, the local public baths Hammarbadet was threatened with closure. The proposal, however, met with strong criticism from, among others a group of local women, for whom the public baths were a place where they could meet on their own terms. Where they could speak undisturbed, recuperate and express their dreams. The public baths were rescued and are now being renovated.

Surrounded by green areas, the multi-dwelling units of Hammarkullen were built in the late 1960s. The tram station was inaugurated in 1972.

The renovation of the public baths is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2017.

WHAT’S HAPPENING?

During the in-depth study phase, Spanish artist Maider López held several workshops with women engaged in the preservation of the public baths and service personnel from the district administration. She has now been tasked with presenting a sketch for a permanent artwork in the public baths which will take into account the women’s vision. The property owner Göteborgslokaler has contracted architects in connection with the renovation.

WHICH IS THE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE?

Maider López, artist:

How art can contribute to an existing public space taking into account its context and needs of its users?

”The project right now, January 2017, consists of placing a big amount of movable plants in the walking area of the swimming pool, connecting indoor space with outdoors by creating a forest inside the building. Plants can be moved in order to create different spaces and environments, articulating the space in relation to the use people make of it, emphasizing people’s capacity to create architecture.

The transparency of the building will be subverted and emphasised at the same time by bringing the outdoor landscape to the indoor space; connecting indoor and outdoor, architecture and nature, public and domestic space in an attempt to give an answer to the specific context of the building, surrounded by windows which provide transparency and allow us to see the outdoor landscape, at the same time that some users of the swimming pool feel uncomfortable by being exposed.”

APPLICANTS

The City of Gothenburg
The City of Gothenburg’s property company Göteborgslokaler