Lonely Planet Writer

Swim through brick pyramids at this stunning new pool in Copenhagen

A new public swimming pool complex due to be built in Copenhagen looks like it will be an amazing architectural accomplishment. It’s part of the new Waterfront Culture Centre, and will have indoor and outdoor pools that descend directly to the sea, while elevated glass pools will allow visitors to swim through brick pyramids.

The Waterfront Culture Centre in Copenhagen will have pools that descend to the sea. Image: Kengo Kuma & Associates

The centre is being built on a disused artificial island in Copenhagen’s harbour called Christiansholm. It used to be the home of Danish media and is known locally as Paper Island.

A rendering of the Waterfront Culture Centre in Copenhagen from afar. Image: Luxigon

The project will combine a waterfront culture centre, facilities for leisure and sports associations and harbour baths. It will be designed to fulfil the city’s vision of bringing something completely new and unique to Copenhagen and Paper Island.

A rendering of the Waterfront Culture Centre in Copenhagen. Image: Kengo Kuma & Associates

The centre will cover 5000 square metres and is due to open in 2021. Its brick façade will have various levels of opacity and transparency that glow with warm light at night and in the long, dark hours of winter.

The design of the Waterfront Culture Centre in Copenhagen. Image: Kengo Kuma & Associates

Japanese architecture firm, Kengo Kuma & Associates, recently won the competition to build the centre, which will be constructed in a series of pyramid shapes. Its previous designs include the V&A Museum of Design in Dundee and the Tokyo Olympics stadium.

You can swim through pyramids at the Waterfront Culture Centre in Copenhagen. Image: Kengo Kuma & Associates

“Our focus in design is to create an experience, and not just a standalone object, in the form of the landscape, art and architecture that are unified and defined by the water,” says Yuki Ikeguchi, partner in charge of the project . “Our design proposal strives to offer the diverse experiences of water in various states and conditions such as reflection of light and shadow, steam and flow that appeal to human senses.”