During my recent trip to Copenhagen I visited the Kastrup sea bath (Kastrup Søbad), situated on the Amager Strandvej beach. Outdoor swimming is a popular activity in Denmark, especially in Copenhagen and it’s my aim to try out as many as I can (but maybe in the summer). Getting to Kastrup from the city is easy, taking only 12 minutes from Nørreport metro station to Femøren St then a further 10 minutes walk to the beach.
This incredible structure, designed by Fredrik Pettersson of White Architects, reaches out into the Øresund (strait) with views of Saltholm Island and Sweden. The long pier leads up to a large circular, snail like construction which consists of many different features including a 5 metre high diving platform. Further features include showers, changing rooms, lockers, viewing decks and seating areas sheltered from the sea breeze. The sea is deep at the circular structure which is perfect for diving into the sea, shallower waters and platforms are also available closer to the long pier.
White Architects designed the open air pool to be inclusive and available to everyone regardless of age, physical mobility or needs. Winning multiple architectural and design awards. I was really impressed by the sculptural nature of the Kastrup Sea Bath, it’s striking from the moment you get to Amager Strandvej beach. At night it’s dramatically lit, looking beautiful and emphasising the architectural form. A treat to visit when no one is around but I’d like to come back in the summer for a dip!
So tempting to jump in! Though I did witness a family creep out of a beach hut, in their swimwear, screaming while running onto the pier and jumping into the sea. At -3ºc with strong northernly winds they were brave!
A scenic place, with view of ‘the bridge’ linking Denmark and Sweden.
I aim to revisit this spot in the summer and swim like the locals do.
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