The Harbour Bath at Islands Brygge

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The Harbour Bath examplifies what I consider the most successful urban development in Copenhagen ever. Kalvebod Brygge (opposite side) and Islands Brygge was one of the most industrialized areas in Copenhagen. Now it has turned into one of the most attractive public spaces in town. A truly radical turnaround!

Equally the old, worn out working class neighborhood has gone through a renovation and improvement, subsidized by the city, leading to a strong gentrification. Prices has sky rocketed and the residents is replaced by a younger and better off population.

Harbour bath as an eye opener

The development started off a little hesitant and half-hearted at Kalvebod Brygge. It was the Harbour Bath that really opened the eyes of the Copenhageners for the potential for public space and life that is still unfolding along the harbour front.
The young in particular have embraced the park and the swimming facility as a scene for showing off tattoos and muscles.

The Harbour bath opened in 2001 as the first realized work of the now world famous Bjarke Ingels. At the time with Belgian Julien De Smedt in the name ‘Plot’.

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