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Arosa is blessed with an exceptional setting. The mountains enclose an unspoilt natural arena in which mankind is constantly confronted with nature. And the primeval conflict between man and the forces of nature is further accentuated by the rugged mountainous landscape.
This exceptional context prompted us to come up with a fascinating response that is both striking and utterly mindful of our village surroundings. The site chosen for building the new Tschuggen Bergoase facility next to the Tschuggen Grand Hotel is part of the open space at the foot of the mountains. Our aim was to build without over-building. While the volumes of the functional premises disappear into the mountain, recurring elements (leaves, trees and skylights with their distinctive geometry) bear witness to the presence of the new.
These geometrically organic bodies pique the visitor’s curiosity. They ‘channel’ daylight into the underground premises while by night they shine forth into the village, testifying to the presence of a collective relaxation area.
The lagoon is fed by the water output of the nearby geothermal power plant Svartsengi and is renewed every 2 days. Superheated water is vented from the ground near a lava flow and used to run turbines that generate electricity. After going through the turbines, the steam and hot water passes through a heat exchanger to provide heat for a municipal hot water heating system. Then the water is fed into the lagoon for recreational and medicinal users to bathe in.Round the World in 30 Days » Photo of the Day – Blue Lagoon, Iceland.
The warm waters are rich in minerals like silica and sulphur and bathing in the Blue Lagoon is reputed to help some people suffering from skin diseases such as psoriasis. The water temperature in the bathing and swimming area of the lagoon averages 37–39 °C (98–102 °F). The Blue Lagoon also operates a Research and Development facility to help find cures for other skin ailments using the mineral-rich water.