Swimming pools are meant to be cool, literally. But nothing is going to be cooler than what Japanese architects have in mind for Denmark. In particular, the city of Copenhagen, no stranger to anything eccentric, has been tapped as the location for a gigantic pool that would be enough to vacate that will make you abandon that rectangular facility in your neighborhood.
The pool, designed by Kengo Kuma & Associates, is a behemoth of a swimming facility meant to pay tribute to the seaside heritage of Denmark, where occupants are no further than 30 miles from salt water. Seafaring is big in the country's heritage, which will be reflected by the pool's proposed construction in the Waterfront Culture Center, more particularly an artificial island in the harbor.
Based on artist renderings of the project, of which costs of construction are still unknown, the design is breathtaking. Regardless of whether you can barely dog paddle or can swim laps almost like a seasoned pro, there's plenty of room and levels for water enthusiasts.
Once built, avid swimmers can head to their choice of indoor or outdoor pools, complete with terraces that take visitors right down to the sea on Copenhagen's harbor. The pyramid design offers an additional exotic feel to the confines, while tubular glass passages, resembling the futuristic pedways between buildings in sci-fi movies like Metropolis and a Star Wars franchise flick, swimmers can take these unique passageway, venturing from pool to pool, not only inside and out, but right through the walls of each pyramid.
The architects had this multidimensional design in mind to turn a leisurely outing into an experience in a facility that doesn't merely stand apart from the rest of the harbor scenery. Instead, by melding access to the sea with the indoor swimming amenities, the center is meant to not only blend in with its surroundings but blur the distinction between land and water.
While there's been no date for its start or projected completion, the pool is the center point of a revitalization project undertaken by Copenhagen. Wanting to modernize its waterfront and upgrade the buildings on shore, the city wants to ensure that the artificial island that once housed print media companies is put to good use.