AN ECONOMIC AND CULTURAL LANDMARK
The City of Donetsk opened the long-anticipated Aqua Sferra Waterpark on December 21, 2012, to great fanfare. At the grand opening ceremony, the mayor expressed the community’s tremendous pride at being the site of the largest waterpark in Europe. Since opening its doors, the waterpark has consistently operated at full capacity, hosting up to 550 guests every three hours, with up to 2,000 visitors per day. Throughout winter and summer, guests can enjoy a variety of slides, wave pools, whirlpools, a rest area, a restaurant and bakery. The year-round attraction has drawn residents and tourists from surrounding regions and has become major driver of economic growth in a traditionally industrial area.
OpenAire’s retractable roof enclosure may be beautiful, but it’s also designed to be practical. Rather than using steel, which corrodes quickly and doesn’t do well in a chemical aquatic environment, the dome is constructed completely of maintenance-free aluminum, which resist moisture and chemicals.
When it’s open, the structure naturally exhausts warm air and humidity, reducing the need for mechanical dehumidification and creating energy savings of up to 27 per cent over traditional structures. When the dome is closed in colder months, the glazed design generates warming solar gain that offsets heating requirements, and saves further energy by reducing the need for artificial lighting during the day.
Natalia Shalenko, Managing Director of Aqua Sferra