See plans for Budapest’s FINA Championship pools in City Park
Photo : FINA Budapest 2017
We Love Budapest
07/3/2017, 8:47 AM●2-minute article
The planet’s biggest aquatic-sports tournament – the FINA World Championships, happening in Hungary this July – will transform City Park’s lake into a unique venue for synchronized swimmers. We reveal the visual plans for this particularly picturesque temporary pool complex to be built by Vajdahunyad Castle and Heroes’ Square.
In recent days, the organizers of the 17th FINA World Championships – which will be held both in multiple Budapest locations and in the city of Balatonfüred, by Lake Balaton – published some visual plans on their website that help us visualize the future venue of the synchronized-swimming competition in City Park (“Városliget” in Hungarian), happening during July 14-22. According to these plans, two temporary swimming pools will be built atop Városliget Lake, among which the competition pool will also have two grandstands, and an oddly shaped bridge that’s intended to serve as a reception area. On the grandstands of the “synchronized swimming islands”, 5,000 spectators can be seated, while many other fans can observe the excitement from various areas surrounding these pools situated next to Vajdahunyad Castle and Heroes’ Square.
The surreal-looking plans were met with much skepticism during the conceptual phase, but the championships’ organizers claim that the visual plans are nearly complete, and their basic concept is approved. Construction works will begin in mid-March, and the test operation will begin mid-June. This will be the first time that the synchronized-swimming competition won’t take place in an arena or a stadium. Their choice of location was justified by the stunning surroundings, which can be appreciated by millions of television viewers. Below we present the computer-generated visual plans for these picturesque pools: