Valhalla Swimming Hall

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Valhallabadet
Building information
Full name: Valhallabadet
City: Gothenburg, Sweden
Capacity: ? (50 m pool)
? (25 m pool)
Opened: December 6, 1956
Architect(s): Nils Olsson
Home club(s): Göteborg Sim
SK S02
Simidrottsklubben
Pools
Name Length Width Depth Lanes
Stora bassängen
Lilla bassängen
Barnbassängen
50 m
25 m
x m
x m
x m
x m
1.8 m
x m
x m
8
8
-

Valhalla Swimming Hall (Swedish: Valhallabadet) is a swimming hall located in Gothenburg, Sweden. Valhalla was officially opened on December 6, 1956, by Gothenburg's municipal commissioner Torsten Henriksson.

Valhalla was designed by Nils Olsson, the design was awarded with a bronze medal at the Olympics in architecture in 1948.[1] The work was completed by Gustav Samuelsson in 1956 after Olsson's death.

Upon completion at 67 000 m³, Valhalla was the biggest and most modern swimming facility in Sweden. The interior decoration of 700 square meters (7 535 square feet) was made by local painter Nils Wendel.

In 1959 the men's tub bathing area was rebuilt to a thermae bath. In 1967 a 50 meter outdoor swimming pool was added to the facility. During renovations and expansions in the 1980s 185 changing booth were exchanged for lockers to prevent homosexual men from meeting in the locker room area, since it had been a problem. In 1987 the outdoor pool was demolished for a new 50 meter indoor pool.

Valhallabadet was a venue for the 1997 Short Course World Championships, the main venue was Scandinavium.

During the 2005 Swedish Short Course Championships Anna-Karin Kammerling broke the world record on 50 meter butterfly with the time 25.33.

Valhallabadet was the swimming venue for the XIII FINA World Masters Championships in the summer of 2010.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Caldenby, Claes. Guide till Göteborgs arkitektur (in Swedish). Sweden: Arkitektur Förlag. pp. 102–104. ISBN 91-86050-67-2. ritades ursprungligen av Nils Olsson och medadaljbelönades på olympiaden i arkitektur 1948 (!) 

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Coordinates: 57°41′58″N 11°59′24″E / 57.69944°N 11.99000°E / 57.69944; 11.99000