Copenhagen's harbor is in the midst of a transformation from an industrial port and traffic junction to being the cultural and social center of the city.
The Harbour Bath has been instrumental in this evolution. It extends the adjacent park over the water by incorporating the practical needs and demands for accessibility, safety, and programmatic flexibility. Rather than imitating the traditional Danish indoor swimming bath, the Harbour Bath offers an urban harbor landscape with dry-docks, piers, boat ramps, cliffs, playgrounds, and pontoons. As a terraced landscape, the Harbour Bath completes the transition from land to water, making it possible for the citizens of Copenhagen to go for a swim in the middle of the city.
The harbor baths are a result of an extensive cleaning initiative that has rid the water of industrial pollutants and sewage. Swimmers can enjoy access to Copenhagen’s three harbour baths and two urban beaches all year round.