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New Aquaticum Waterpark Wins Prestigious Green Award

Aquaticum Debrecen Waterpark Considered One of the Best Sustainable Architectural Works in the World

The design team of Aquaticum Debrecen Strand, Bord Építész Stúdió Kft. received the Green Good Design Award at the competition of The European Center for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and The Chicago Athenaeum International Museum. The new Debrecen beach has been chosen as one of the best sustainable architectural works in the world.

The new Nagyerdei beach opened last summer. Despite being able to receive guests a little later due to the weather, indeed the attendance figures were much higher than expected with more than 161,000 people in its opening year (2020). Surprisingly, the new waterpark is even extremely busy on weekdays.

The beach has won acclaim from the profession. In the design stage, the beach was ranked among the best tender plans of the recent period by the Dutch Mark Magazine, which focuses on contemporary architecture, and recently by the Aquaticum Debrecen Strand, the largest copy of the British architectural magazine, the Royal Institute of British Architects. 

Aquaticum Strand Water Park

BORD Épületgépész Stúdió implemented a extensive “renewable energy” heating strategy to ensure economical operation.

This includes:

  • Further cooling of the thermal water down to 50 degrees with a heat pump, utilizing the excess heat released in the process in the heating system
  • Further cooling of thermal water discharged from thermal water pools and collected in a buffer storage with a heat pump
  • Utilization of the heat released during cooling in a heating system to heat the locker area.
  • Recovery of waste heat generated by an existing gas engine
  • Thermal utilization of thermal water from a thermal water well

The Waterpark bath far exceeds specifications. While the minimum requirement is 25% of energy should be from renewable sources, the waterpark was designed and built to meet a full half of its energy needs from renewable energy.  On a warm summer day, the share of renewable energy consumption can reach 70 percent, which is beyond outstanding.