Part swimming sanctuary, part sculpture, Kastrup Sea Bath is a Copenhagen landmark and marvel of urban renewal that turned a formerly run-down beach area just outside the city center into a leading leisure spot.
About 15 minutes from Copenhagen, Kastrup sits at the end of a hundred-meter-long dock extending into the Baltic Sea.
Inspired by the shape of a conch, the wood structure scrolls up and around, increasing in height until it culminates in a five-foot diving platform. On the interior side, the wood structure acts as a shelter, protecting swimmers from the wind.
Because Danes love to swim. Not only is entry to Kastrup free at all times, its dramatic and definitive lighting design is meant to act as a beacon, inviting swimmers to visit at all hours and during all seasons.
Danish architect Fredrik Pettersson, from the firm White Arkitekter, designed the award-winning structure. Says Pettersson, “My idea was to achieve a sculptural, dynamic form that can be seen from the land, from the sea and from the air.”
When illuminated from behind, according to Pettersson, the sculpture becomes partially see-through, revealing the outlines of cargo ships passing behind.