Kastrup Søbad

The other night, I watched a French film titled “Un amour de jeunesse” or “Goodbye First Love”. To make the long story short, it’s about 15 year old Camille who struggles to part ways with her older boyfriend Sullivan as he wants to travel and explore the world. She is devastated at first, but during his 8-year absence she becomes a mature woman with ambitions. Camille is studying to become an architect and in one scene, she goes to Copenhagen to visit the Kastrup Søbad or the Kastrup Sea Baths. I instantly fell in love with this structure. I think it’s so beautifully designed and the architects’ take on open air pools show great innovation.

It was constructed in 2004 and was designed by White arkitekter. The project includes the main building on water, the new beach and separate lavatories.

The circular shape gives the structure its form and purpose from wind protection to interior concentration. It is built out of Azobe wood which is known for its durability in salt water.

What’s most important about this project is that it really caters to the public. Free admission and open to the public at all times, it even has ramps for those who are less mobile and who want to take interest in seeing the building as a whole. There are also facilities for various activities whether it may be for exercise or for a peaceful dip.

The lighting emphasizes the design while giving it a dramatic effect!

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