Copenhagen’s harbor is in the midst of transforming from an industrial port and traffic junction to being the cultural and social centre of the city. The Harbor 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 Harbor Bath offers an urban harbor landscape with drydocks, piers, boat ramps, cliffs, playgrounds and pontoons. As a terraced landscape the Harbor 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 Bath received an award from the International Olympic Committee as one of the Best Sports Facilities. This is the only internationally recognized award for sports and leisure facilities and is given out every five years.