Also known as The Snail due to its curving form, ‘Kastrup Sea Bath’ is a fully accessible outdoor swimming facility, located on what was once a former brownfield site. With its expansive wooden pier and circular pavilion, the site exists as one of Denmark’s most architecturally recognizable and popular leisure destinations.
Situated on the Amager Strandvej beach, a wooden pier stretches from shore and curves around to form a south-facing circular enclosure, ending in a five-meter-high diving platform. The circular shape creates a semi-enclosed interior, providing shelter from the wind and an apt retreat for swimming and sunbathing. Designed by architecture firm White Arkitekter, who are known for their sustainable architecture, urban design, and landscape architecture projects, the sea bath stretches into the Øresund strait, with views of Saltholm Island and Sweden ahead. “The dynamic sculptural form is a visible landmark from the beach, sea, and air,” explains a statement from the firm. “As a visitor moves around the bath, its silhouette constantly changes.” At night and during the long and dark off-season, dramatic lighting emphasizes the sculptural design, heightening the visitors’ aesthetic experience as well as securing their safety.
All images © Åke Eson Lindman and Mats Ek. Courtesy White Arkitekter