Residents in Denmark’s Aarhus can cool off in a new harbourfront bath house complex designed by BIG – and it’s the largest seawater structure of its kind.

Aarhus Harbour Bath can accommodate 650 bathers and juts out from the shore of the city’s Bassin 7. The triangular floating complex comprises a rectangular 50-metre-long swimming pool, circular diving pool, square children’s pool and two saunas. It is enclosed by an elevated plank walkway, which doubles as a viewing platform overlooking the pools and water beyond.

BIG creates a floating bath house in Aarhus harbour
Photography: Rasmus Hjortshøj, courtesy of BIG

The floating swimming island is open until the end of August. It will be joined by beach volley courts, bars, and cafés along the shoreline for the summer months.

BIG previously built a smaller bath house off the coast of the Danish capital in 2009, but its Aarhus design is much bigger in scale.

The Danish practice is also working with Copenhagen-based urban design studio Gehl on a framework for the Bassin 7 harbourfront, which will eventually include a theatre, hotel, restaurants and shops.

BIG creates a floating bath house in Aarhus harbour
Photography: Rasmus Hjortshøj, courtesy of BIG
BIG creates a floating bath house in Aarhus harbour
Photography: Rasmus Hjortshøj, courtesy of BIG
BIG creates a floating bath house in Aarhus harbour
Photography: Rasmus Hjortshøj, courtesy of BIG

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