Water in Public Space: Aarhus Harbor Bath by BIG
It is not only the watering places that we have created that are relevant to urban planning, but natural bodies of water as well. The Aarhus Harbor Bath project by BIG combines the latter with the social function of public watering places. In the middle of the O4 harbour district in Aarhus, they have developed a 2,600-m² swimscape featuring a 50-m pool, a children’s pool, a round diving basin and two saunas located beneath the promenade and the observation platform.
Against the background of the historical significance of watering places in the context of urban planning, BIG have exploited both the artistic and the social potential of water in order to advance the expansion of public space in an area of Aarhus once characterized by industry.