This Aalborg Swimming Pool Invites Visitors to Become Fjord Explorers

This Aalborg Swimming Pool Invites Visitors to Become Fjord Explorers

In northern Denmark, a standard municipal swimming pool is reimagined as a nature lover’s playground.

From pools and platforms to decks and diving towers, harbourside swimming facilities are common in Danish coastal towns. A few years ago, however, the city of Aalborg, Denmark’s fourth largest, decided on a more ambitious program when it came to one such amenity. Aiming to draw more visitors to the fjord on which the city sits, the local government chose Copenhagen architecture firm Adept to convert a typical municipal pool into a 24-hour park that affords direct contact with nature.

This Aalborg swimming pool serves swimmers and kayakers.

On the basin side of the isthmus, two pools and a network of walkways serve swimmers and kayakers.

The recently opened result, executed with GHB Landscape Architects, is 15-hectare Vestre Fjord Park, an imaginative “learning and experience zone” that consists of five low-slung buildings on an isthmus dividing a basin and open-air pools on one side from open water on the other.

This Aalborg swimming pool has green roofs that mimick meadows on the mainland.

Green roofs mimicking meadows on the mainland camouflage low-slung buildings. Black rubber granulate tops one structure, providing a soft play surface.

The buildings, which house clubhouses, a café, a sauna and a lifeguard office, are topped with green roofs and other soft surfaces. Decks and stairs link all the elements, providing, in Adept’s words, a “full experience” of the fjord.

This Aalborg swimming pool features deck made of untreated tali.

Decks and stairs are made of untreated tali, a highly durable hardwood.

This story was taken from the January/February 2018 issue of Azure. Buy a copy of the issue here, or subscribe here.

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