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This dynamic new space on Denmark's Limfjord is a wonderland of activity

A dynamic space designed specifically for a range of different recreational activities has been built on the Limfjord in Denmark, providing an area for visitors to experience the land and seascape in a unique and compelling way.

Vestre Fjord Park in Denmark.
Vestre Fjord Park in Denmark was designed by Adept architects. Image by Rasmus Hjortshøj

Located in Aalborg on the largest fjord landscape in the country, the 100,000-square-foot Vestre Fjord Park was unveiled last summer. The vision behind the project is to encourage direct contact to the fjord by establishing better accessibility from land and sea. Designed by Adept architects, the park strives to be a balance between the natural landscape and the activities and functions of daily users.

The project includes a range of dynamic spaces for different recreational activities.
The project includes a range of dynamic spaces for different recreational activities. Image by Rasmus Hjortshøj

The park is divided into several smaller landscape areas, each with their own identity and character. It includes a beach zone that embraces open-air swimming and has a springboard for diving, a woods and wetlands area that has vegetation, and a plain built for physical activity. The smaller individual buildings are bound together by the roof-scape that provides spaces and facilities for larger functions and sports associations, and the park also houses a sauna, a small café, a lifeguard office, changing rooms and toilet facilities.

The project's design took inspiration from the fjord itself as well as the surrounding landscape.
The project’s design took inspiration from the fjord itself as well as the surrounding landscape. Image by Rasmus Hjortshøj

“The design was inspired by the Limfjord itself. Here one finds ‘real’ nature – water, bird life, fish, fields, beach and meadows – that together with a wide variety of physical activities and outdoor facilities create the setting for new experiences close to both nature and the city. Vestre Fjord Park is the place where the experiences of the fjord, the activities and the park truly become one – and we wanted the design to reflect that. That is why we perceived the building as both build structure and a part of the landscape,” Adept architects told Lonely Planet Travel News.

Vestre Fjord Park was recently honoured among the four best new buildings in Aalborg Municipality 2017 and among the three nominees for the Danish Landscape Award 2017.