The Danish city of Aarhus celebrated the official opening of its harbour bath the past weekend. With the capacity to accomodate 650 swimmers in four pools, incl. a 50 meter Olympic pool, Aarhus Harbour Bath is the world’s biggest sea water harbour bath.
The bath, which has been in the making for five years, is designed by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) and is part of a larger framework created by Gehl and BIG architect firms. The framework includes a range of recreational and cultural facilities along the promenade such as a beach zone, a theater, cafes and restaurants, a hotel, shops and supermarkets.
Jacob Bundsgaard, Mayor of Aarhus Municipality; Finn Noerkjær, BIG Partner; Karin Salling, Vice Chairman of the Salling Foundations (who donated EUR 5.5 million to the project); and Rabih Azah-Ahmad, Councilor of Aarhus Municipality all attended the festive inauguration where springboard divers from a local springboard diving club took the first plunge off the promenade that rises from the quayside.
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Good news for mermaids and water babies
”The inauguration of the harbour bath is not only good news for mermaids, water babies and others who appreciate a refreshing swim; it also marks an big step on the way to completing the image of the Aarhus East area as an attractive, new city neighborhood – and to binding the city and the bay closer together again”, said Mayor Jacob Bundsgaard.
”Aarhus East will have a unique oasis. It will be a new meeting place where the residents of Aarhus can spend time together with swiming and water activities as gathering points”, added Councilor Rabih Azad-Ahmad.
Visitors to Denmark’s second-largest city will find Aarhus’ new harbour bath open from 11am-7pm until 1 September.