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Kastrup Sea Bath, the Splashiest Sculpture South of Copenhagen

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WHAT:
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.

WHERE:
About 15 minutes from Copenhagen, Kastrup sits at the end of a hundred-meter-long dock extending into the Baltic Sea.

HOW:
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.

WHY:
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.

WHO:
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.” 

SCENE STEALER:
When illuminated from behind, according to Pettersson, the sculpture becomes partially see-through, revealing the outlines of cargo ships passing behind.


KASTRUP SEA BATH

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Amager Strandvej 301,2770 Kastrup   |   45-3251-5135

Photograph: Courtesy of White / ERCO

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