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Wienands Plan, the architecture and planning design office was launched in 1968 in Zürich, Switzerland, today in Munich and Gerstetten, Germany. Prof. Rudolf Wienands Dr. Ing. M. Arch. Harvard and Dr. Heinz Jörg Hüper are leading their teams in two different locations. Their offices concentrate on sport, health, spas and recreation and housing, business buildings and industry design. We have 30 years experience in developing thermals spas for public clients and private investors. Our specialty is in the field of preventive, medical treatments (and exceptional economical results).

Expertise in the field of town planning, university campus structure and office design has been developed through intensive exchanges between teaching and research and actual building tasks over the past 40 years. Continuous cultural exchange between European and Asian countries remained an important component throughout the years.

Prof. Wienands was born in 1940 in Germany. He studied architecture at the Technical University (TU) in München where he was awarded the ‘Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes’. He got his Master Degree in Harvard, USA. In 1970 he began to work as a lecturer professor at ETH Zürich in Switzerland and in 1975 he became a fulltime professor at the TU München.

Between 1980 and 2005 he appeared as a guest professor at various international universities: Harvard University, USA; ETH Zürich, Switzerland; Kyungpook National University, Korea and Tsinghua University, China.

Wienands-Plan Planungsgesellschaft mbH
Tel.: +49 7323-919233
Fax: +49 7323-6676
Karlstrasse 52 D- 89547 Gerstetten
Germany Managing director: Dr. Heinz-Jörg Hüper
HRB 1762
Ust-IdNr.: DE 813 721 789


Bodensee Thermal Spa

In 2006 the Bodensee Thermal Spa in Ueberlingen earned the Gold Medal for Sport Buildings of International Olympic Committee/IAKS Award. The long building volume is perfectly integrated in the existing public park along the panoramic lake side. A wave shaped roof faces the water with the Swiss mountain silhouette in the back ground while on the other side three glass cube buildings are complementing the surrounding urban 'villa style' environment.

The interior is separated into different spa functions: sport swimming, family water fun, meditation pools and sauna baths. All indoor and outdoor pools evoke the impression to be swimming in the magnificent Lake Bodensee instead of being inside an artificial pool. The sauna garden with its sauna house on the lake shore is this sites greatest attraction. Since completion in 2004 the principals anticipation to draw 180.000 guests per year was nearly doubled by up to 360.000 visitors yearly.

Rupertus Thermal Spa

The rhythm of the facade design of the 3 buildings for the new Ruppertus Spa in Bad Reichenhall finds its origin in the music-esthetic theory of Pythagoras. The theory is based on the idea that ears are more suitable to distinguish between perfect proportions than eyes. Pythagoras, as many as the well travelled ancient Greeks, was aware of the wisdom of historic Iranian scientist: they believed in unity between the creation of cosmos and earth. All of God’s creatures are to be united by certain similarities. Those scholars worked hard on finding those universal proportions that explain the beauty of cosmos as well as the beauty of nature and music. This concept of harmonic orders can also be applied in building design as has been done at the famous Temples of Petstum close to the Academia of Pythagoras, south of Naples. True to this Pythagorean tradition the distance between the columns of the Ruppertus Spa follow the harmonious proportions that were taken from a composition by Mozart. The same approach is applied on many other interior building elements and finally reflects the unity of this building from the water back to the cosmos.

Technical University Munich / TU München

Carolus Thermal Spa
The knowledge of Carolus Thermal Spa’s warm mineral water healing properties dates back more than 2000 years. The all European Emperor, Kaiser Karl the Great cherished Bad Aachen and its therapeutic bath traditions. Today this spa is well equipped with medical personnel trained to apply therapeutic interventions still geared toward alleviation of arthritic conditions.

The architectural concept of this spa was originally motivated by the limited construction opportunities that this building site presented due to its location in the central town park. Natural restrictions and building code regulations lead to the creation of various underground structures. The detached, cozy and den like atmosphere in the Turkish style saunas generates a dialectic tension to the above ground glass structures. These buildings invite an abundance of natural sun light and together with water pools, fountains, massage jet streams and waterfalls they create spectacular sceneries that provide an optimal environment for therapeutic spa experiences.

Neptun Wellness Spa
This spa, located in Cologne Ehrenfeld and designed in Art Nuoveau Stile was build to function as a public bath in 1912. It was renovated in 2002 to become a top wellness, sauna and fitness spa. The new sauna garden design leans on the Japanese Onzen style. By means of several, small openings in the ceiling it invites as much natural sun light as possible into the underground pools and lounging rooms. The former public swimming hall has been converted into a luxurious three story gym and the vast roof construction encourage body and soul exercises and established itself as an ideal retreat for Yoga and meditation classes. The restored steam bath, a cafeteria and several reading rooms are distributed throughout the building. All together the newly renovated Neptune Spa offers as many inviting spaces for rest, contemplation and meditation as it does for various preventive medical activities.

Limes Thermal Spa
This spa is located in the historically precious town of Aalen. In former times it was known as Ala Flavia, the largest Roman military camp north of the Alps. The Roman principle of circular building arrangement around central hot water springs is no longer applied in this modern day thermal spa. Instead, a visitor notices that the symmetrical order of pavilions evoke memories of long standing building styles that originated in farmhouses around the area of Bologna. All structures are integrated into the landscape with no buildings overtopping the local trees. The high esteem for the existing setting allows for the natural forest and the adjunct ski slopes to remain the main focus point at the outskirt of the small town. A classical form concept shapes the interior of the various pools and pavilions; each natural, warm water pool is created as a space of its own with individual colors and marble stone edges containing the water. The dominant outdoor pool is surrounded by brick columns. The same brick columns are used as pergola wind shelters and also compose the rhythm of the brick walls of the pavilions. The design concept is neo-classical but timeless and the same holds true for the materials in this over twenty year old construction. The Limes Thermal Spa continues to attract over 1000 guest on a daily basis and has proven to be an enormous profit for the small town of Aalen.

Claudius Thermal Spa
he mandate of the Claudius Thermal spa in Cologne requested to accommodate as many visitors as possible in a small but perfectly constructed space. Twenty years of very profitable operation verify that the design has been a success. Inside the concrete structure blue Macauba stone from Brazil combines with light brown granite from Norway to dominate the color scheme. The blue and light brown colors create a warm and cold contrast that harmonizes with dark and light contrast of the illumination design. Various stage design elements differentiate and maximize the space. The dramatic effects form a multi facetted stage allowing for a stimulating spa experience. The sauna sector is a composition of two major but oppositional sauna traditions: The dry sauna treatments take place in original rustic, log cabins imported from Siberia and Finland. The Turkish-Roman steam spas with its Hammams, Rasouls and hot stone treatments are administered in very refined architectural jewels. At night the LED light design is able to create completely new impressions of an even more relaxing environment.

Aquapark Atlantis, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Jean Paul Thermal Spa, Bad Steben, Germany