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Copenhagen Harbour Bath / BIG + JDS

  • 01:00 - 5 January, 2009
Copenhagen Harbour Bath / BIG + JDS
Copenhagen Harbour Bath / BIG + JDS

Copenhagen Harbour Bath / BIG + JDS Copenhagen Harbour Bath / BIG + JDS Copenhagen Harbour Bath / BIG + JDS Copenhagen Harbour Bath / BIG + JDS +12

  • Architects

  • Location

    Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Architects

    PLOT = BIG + JDS
  • Partner In Charge

    Bjarke Ingels
  • Project Leader

    Finn Nørkjær
  • Project Architect

    Jakob Møller
  • Contributors

    Christian Finderup, Henning Stüben, Ingrid Serritslev, Marc Jay
  • Collaborator

    JDS, CC DESIGN
  • Budget

    US $787,000
  • Area

    2500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2003

From the architect. Copenhagen's harbour is in the midst of a transformation from an industrial port and traffic junction to being the cultural and social centre of the city. The Harbour Bath has been instrumental in this evolution. It extends the adjacent park over the water by incorporating the practical needs and demands for accessibility, safety and programmatic flexibility. Rather than imitating the traditional Danish indoor swimming bath, the Harbour Bath offers an urban harbour landscape with dry-docks, piers, boat ramps, cliffs, playgrounds and pontoons. As a terraced landscape, the Harbour Bath completes the transition from land to water, making it possible for the citizens of Copenhagen to go for a swim in the middle of the city.

THE SWIMMING BATH Vs. THE BEACH

People go to the Harbour Bath in the way that people go to the beach rather than the indoor swimming baths. Not necessarily to exercise, but primarily to socialize, play and enjoy the sun. This means that the water should not only be able to accommodate more interactive and playful activities than the focused (and perhaps lonesome) swimming back-and-forth, the land should also be geared towards a more accommodating and generous environment.

LAND Vs. WATER

With an indoor swimming bath you have some land and have to design the pools. With the harbour, we have some water and have to design the land; a swimming bath in reverse. Since land is a factor we have influence on as architects, it is in the interface between the two that we can create desirable conditions. In a way, reinterpreting the water that is there by adding land.

CAPACITY Vs. SAFETY

The Harbour Bath is free of charge, but for security reasons the lifeguards have to be able to control the amount of visitors. With the given water area, an equivalent swimming bath would be able to accommodate up to 600 people. The previous harbour bath allowed for only half of that amount. By increasing the land areas, but maintaining the water area within the security limit, we can extend the capacity to 600 by allowing people to chill in the sun while resting from the aquatic activities.

ICON

The Harbour Bath will - with its location in the centre of the harbour - be a symbol of the presence of leisure and aquatic culture in the heart of the city. Visible from ‘the main land' and the nearby Langebro ("The Long Bridge"), it should exploit the possibility for being an icon of new possibilities that the reclaimed harbour offers to contemporary urban life.

LANDSCAPE Vs. HARBOURSCAPE

When going to the beach or on holidays, it is usually to seek out exotic landscapes: the wide, open beach, the intimate lagoon, the rocky shore with cliffs and islands to jump from, the calm water or the big waves, the sand in the surf where the water is shallow and sand castles can be built. Rather than imitating the indoor swimming bath, the Harbour Bath offers an urban harbour landscape with dry-docks, cranes, piers, boat ramps, buoys, playgrounds and pontoons.

Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Copenhagen Harbour Bath / BIG + JDS" 05 Jan 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/11216/copenhagen-harbour-bath-plot/>
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Frank M. Chartrand · July 05, 2012
Michael Lynch · July 04, 2012
irena atkovska · June 13, 2012

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Centrummanager · May 22, 2012

Niet alleen Berlijn heeft een Badeschiff. Ook Kopenagen. http://t.co/gApkXpnv

Paul de Bruijn · May 22, 2012

Niet alleen Berlijn heeft een Badeschiff. Ook Kopenagen. http://t.co/gApkXpnv

Chris Ayriss · May 01, 2012
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Copenhagen Harbour Bath / PLOT
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Alix Hayden · September 11, 2011

Macpherson makes plea for public beach http://t.co/gauBEX8 How about the Copenhagen model: the public bath? http://t.co/yKBbL7j #yxe

JeffP · September 11, 2011

Macpherson makes plea for public beach http://t.co/gauBEX8 How about the Copenhagen model: the public bath? http://t.co/yKBbL7j #yxe

Charlie Clark · September 10, 2011

Macpherson makes plea for public beach http://t.co/gauBEX8 How about the Copenhagen model: the public bath? http://t.co/yKBbL7j #yxe

Henrik Andersson · August 03, 2011

Wow this is a must! Copenhagen Harbour Bath / PLOT | ArchDaily http://t.co/zPQ80hX via @archdaily @aliaserban @lenore

Saskia du Bois · July 21, 2011

Zomer 2012 plonsen in &#39t IJ bij Zwembad het Stenen Hoofd? Nog beter dan Berlijnse badenshiff. Kopenhagen deed al zoiets: http://t.co/Q47Cjtv

Saskia du Bois · July 21, 2011

Zomer 2012 plonsen in &#39t IJ bij Zwembad het Stenen Hoofd? Nog beter dan Berlijnse badenshiff. Kopenhagen deed al zoiets: http://t.co/Q47Cjtv

Asia Ye Seul Oh · December 12, 2010

@ysin @kimsunmoon1985 ??? ?? ???? ???? ?? ????? http://www.archdaily.com/11216...

j a s e · September 11, 2010

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André Amaral · July 02, 2010

Copenhagen Harbour Bath / PLOT | ArchDaily http://bit.ly/8yIRqP

Caio Douglas · March 13, 2012 05:52 PM

Beleza André Amaral , vai ser esse projeto mesmo que vou usar como pesquisa e apresentação , para trabalho de projeto sobre Balneario da anhembi. rsrs

Rob Wells · April 07, 2010

Kobenhavn, my home from August. You can swim in the main river... now you can&#39t do that in the Thames! http://bit.ly/c46C2v

Lucas Foster · November 23, 2009

Para quem ainda não conhece, uma projeto sensacional de intervenção urbana através do Esporte. http://twitthis.com/5tsy9g

Lucas Foster · November 23, 2009

Reading: "Copenhagen Harbour Bath / PLOT | ArchDaily" (http://twitthis.com/5tsy9g)

Gary · March 11, 2009

Is this water separated or just part of the harbour water?

Erling · January 28, 2009

Chris, that's just what's going to happen. The city is planning a new recreational space on the other side of the harbour. Check out the story here: http://dagensdesign.dk/index/b...
Best regards Erling

Chris · January 27, 2009

If there is not enough room for all of the swimmers they should build another!

unser · January 07, 2009

this thing has been around for years, and i have to say, its not aging terribly well. That being said, I jumped off the platform twice, and it was fantastic!

bigkamo · January 07, 2009

Much better than the Redcliffe last settlement pond http://tinyurl.com/8btb3z

dira · January 06, 2009

Wow I want to go there =)
It's such a good Idea. Love it ^^

Milan T · January 06, 2009

I grew up in Copenhagen and lived there up until I left for College in the states recently, and I can tell you that this place is absolute crap.
The idea of creating a safe place to swim in a harbor is genius, but the long slim lane makes the place very inconvenient for the 90% casual swimmers, and inconvenient for the 10% who try to swim seriously because both groups are very much in each others way. If you head down in front of the Silos on the other hand http://www.madphotoworld.com/2... (you should have a post about this if you do not), there is a long bridge that makes for a great swimming opportunity
Best wishes
freshkids.wordpress.com

fino · January 05, 2009

Cool, simple, and dangerously fun. I'm a fan.

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