Kastrup Sea Bath.
Award-winning open-air pool just south of Copenhagen. A sculpture to walk on. And dive from.
A wooden pier leads the visitor to a circular construction, gradually elevating above the sea surface, and ending in a 5m diving platform.
The circular shape creates a concentrated interior and shelter from the wind. The shape opens up towards the landside to connect to the beach and to invite visitors inside. A continuous bench runs along the pier, thus creating an additional rest and leisure area.
The Bath is conceived as a sculptural dynamic form, which can be seen from the beach, the sea and the air. Its silhouette gradually changes as the beholder moves around it.
This is nothing private or exclusive, rather a facility open to everyone, regardless of age, physical mobility or needs. All the platform’s 870 square metres of wooden deck are at the disposal of the visitors.
The Bath is free to use and open to the public at all times. It is designed to be a rather untraditional framework for sports activities.
The purpose of the lighting at Kastrup Sea Bath, besides being functional and securing the safety of the visitor, is to offer a dramatic experience of the place at night and during the long dark off-season. The lighting is designed to emphasize the sculptural architectural design.
Kastrup Sea Bath received an Honourable Mention at the Architectural Review Award for Emerging Architecture 2006, and nominated for the Mies van der Rohe prize 2006. It was selected for the biennial travelling exhibition.
Kastrup Sea Bath
- Client: Tårnby Municipality
- Project Start/End: 2003-2005
- Completed: 2005
- Area/Size: Buildings approx 1,100 m², Landscape approx 3,000m²
- City: Köpenhamn
- Photographer/Illustrator: Åke E:son Lindman
- Nominated for the The Mies van der Rohe Award 2007
- Honourable Mention at the Architectural Review Award for Emerging Architecture 2006
- Fredrik Pettersson
- Göran Wihl