The Feng Shui of Kalwall®
Inspired by Feng Shui – the Chinese art of positioning structures to harmonize with spiritual forces – the architects of the Piscine Du Fort swimming pool in Issy-Les-Moulineaux, France chose a Kalwall® wall system of Kalcurve® panels to be a key piece of the design.
Principals Salwa and Selma Mikou of the architectural firm Mikou Studio said they designed the swimming pool hall “as a brightly-lit, peaceful space suitable for relaxation, in which the filtered light from the (Kalwall) facade accentuates the `light box’ effect.”
The fluidity and openness of the swimming pool hall is made possible through the use of Kalwall’s translucent sandwich panels at the entrance of the pool. Museum-quality daylighting™ that is glare free allows natural light to bathe over the entrance and an adjacent ramp that connects the pool to the rooftop lounge area.
The ramp’s curved design makes the building feel more streamlined, and the use of the Kalwall® wall panel is central to that effect. The panels can be easily molded while still maintaining their diffuse light properties.