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Project: "Hasle Harbour Bath"
Company:White arkitekter A/S
Designer(s): White arkitekter A/S, Denmark
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Entry Description: Denmark has a proud 15 year old tradition of building harbour baths. However, Hasle Habour Bath is innovative even in the Danish context. In a traditional harbour bath, swimming is restricted to basins within a fence of floating pontoons. This means very little room for swimming and restricted view to the water or alternatively, higher construction costs. At Hasle Habour, however, there is very limited traffic, so the architect broke with traditions and created a bath where swimming is also possible between bath and shore. This kept costs low while creating more room for swimming and a unique, natural swimming experience. Additionally, the harbour bath brings back the view to the horizon and restrict access to the sea formerly obstructed by the numerous breakwaters. From the elevated level of the two stair formations, the beautiful sea view as well as the legendary Hasle sunset can be enjoyed, without obstruction.

About the Designer/Company
White Architects is Scandinavia’s largest architecture firm. Deeply rooted in the Nordic design tradition and values, we work on projects around the world – driven by our deep interest in society and our desire to create better lifes through the built environment. White was founded in 1951 and is an international architecture firm with more than 800 employees working in 14 offices across the UK, Denmark, Norway and Sweden. We are no ordinary architecture firm. Over half of our employees are invested in this collectively-owned company, and we share a deep interest in society and the desire to create better places via sensitivity to the unique character of the place and a holistic, knowledge-based approach through which we create innovative symbioses between urban plans, buildings, and landscape. The “place” – not just the “space” – is central to our work, and White’s architecture is contextual because we do not believe in universal forms, empty canvases, or individual spaces, but rather in complex relationships between the light, structure, history, materials, techniques, and people that create a certain atmosphere and experience – a ”place” which architecture should be sensitive to. The ”place” should inspire our work, and we aspire to fuse the qualities of the particular place with the functional requirements of the programme. Because we are convinced that the added aesthetic value of our projects comes from the context, we see our projects as part of holistic eco-systems – not as individual monoliths meant to conquer the space.