Pünkösdfürdő Bath was built in 1935 by the plans of Alfred Hajós, the first Olympic champion of Hungary in the history of modern time’s Olympic Games.  No other swimmer ever won such a high fraction of all Olympic events at a single Games. In 1896 the swimming events were held in the Mediterranean Sea next to Athen, battling the elements. The 18-year-old Hajós won his two gold medals in extremely cold weather (the water temperature was about 55 degrees Fahrenheit, or 13 degrees Celsius) with 12-foot (4 m) waves crashing down on him. He won the 100 metre freestyle  and the 1,200 metre freestyle too. Legends says, Hajós wanted to win more distances, but the 500 metre freestyle was immediately after the 100 and immediately before the 1,200 m. Before the 1,200 metre race, he smeared his body with a half-inch (one centimetre) thick layer of grease, but it proved to be of little protection against the cold.  “My will to live completely overcame my desire to win.”- he said after the race.  While at a dinner honoring Olympic winners, the Crown Prince of Greece asked Hajós where he had learned to swim so well. Hajós replied, “In the water.” The next morning, the Athenian journal Acropolis depicted Alfréd with the subtitle: “Hungarian Dolphin”. He was the youngest winner in Athens.

Alfred Hajós was also an architect. Actually in 1896 he  was still an architecture student in Budapest’s technical university. He was allowed to compete, but permission from the university to miss class was difficult to obtain. When he returned to the Dean of the Polytechnical University, the dean did not congratulate Hajós on his Olympic success, but instead said: “Your medals are of no interest to me, but I am eager to hear your replies in your next examination.”

In 1924, Hajós, an architect specializing in sport facilities, entered the art competitions at the Paris Olympic Games, where his plan for a stadium was awarded the silver medal; the jury did not award a gold medal in the competition. Thus making him one of only two Olympians ever to have won medals in both sport and art Olympic competitions.

The best known sports facility designed by Hajós is the swimming stadion built on Margaret Island in the Danube in Budapest, which was built in 1930, and used for the 1958, 2006 and 2010 European Aquatics Championships, and also the  2006 FINA Men’s Water Polo World Cup.

Hajós’s other famous work is Pünkösdfürdő Bath built up in a 25 000 m2 park. The bath has three pools: a swimming pool, a kids’ pool, and an adventure pool, all of them equipped with modern water recirculation systems. It was completely renovated between 2002 and 2003.