Bathing in a former industrial area – this concept is currently becoming reality in many parts of Europe. In the port of Copenhagen, the PLOT architecture studio (later BIG and JDS Architects) created an open-air swimming pool
in 2003. In Basel, where industrial waste from the Sandoz company led to the widespread death of fish in the 1980s, people have been able to swim in the Rhine again for the past few years. Now Sweden’s Göteborg has started a program of reclaiming a one-time harbour zone for public bathing. The program centres on the old free harbour (frihamnan)
, which is to become an integral part of the city with 1,000 apartments and workplaces, a hotel, three primary schools and an elementary school by 2021. Two of the ten hectares will be kept free of buildings and redesigned as Jubilee Park (Jubileumsparken
). In order to involve local residents in the development process right from the start, the city’s own project development company, Älvstranden Utveckling AB
, turned to the raumlaborberlin
architectural cooperative. The Berlin office is specialized in dynamic planning processes and an approach they call “activation by use.” As a rule, temporary interventions are planned and realized as a spontaneous process in collaboration with residents.