Architect Julien De Smedt talks about the Danish-Belgian Harbour baths in Copenhagen.
Copenhagen’s harbour is undergoing a transformation from an industrial and transportation junction into the city’s cultural and social center. The Harbour Bath design emerged out of a desire to extend the surrounding park onto the water while also adhering to practical needs of public accessibility, safety and programmatic demands. The Harbour Bath realizes the transition from land to water as a terraced landscape.
The Harbour Bath also meets the desires of contemporary thought in sustainability. It is constructed of renewable indigenous wood from Scandinavian forests and is easily removable, as it is built upon floating pontoons. Again, unlike a swimming hall, the Harbor Bath consumes very little utility energy for operation and maintainence: it is instead dependent upon the exertion of human energy.