Courtesy of COBE / BIG

Courtesy of COBE / BIG

Danish firm COBE has released images of their proposed aquatic center in Copenhagen Harbor, a scheme entered for a design competition which was won by Kengo Kuma. The proposal, designed in collaboration with Bjarke Ingles Group (BIG), formed part of COBE’s competition-winning masterplan for Paper Island, which was chosen for development in 2016.


Courtesy of COBE / BIG

Courtesy of COBE / BIG

Courtesy of COBE / BIG

Courtesy of COBE / BIG

The COBE proposal for the aquatic center, named “The Waterfall,” consists of a large public hall containing a range of aquatic facilities connected by a “continuous cascading flow of waterfalls.” The profile of the center adheres to the distinctive roof motif of the Paper Island masterplan, with large sloping surfaces and gables orientated towards the harbor waterfront, and a twisted form addressing both the harbor and surrounding public space.


Courtesy of COBE / BIG

Courtesy of COBE / BIG

Courtesy of COBE / BIG

Courtesy of COBE / BIG

With a simple gesture of twisting the top, the aquatics center addresses both the harbor and the inner courtyard on Paper Island, becoming a part of the informal, vivid public life on the island as well as placing it amongst some of the most important cultural institutions along the harbor front of Copenhagen.
– COBE


Courtesy of COBE / BIG

Courtesy of COBE / BIG

Courtesy of COBE / BIG

Courtesy of COBE / BIG



Having prevailed in the design competition, Kengo Kuma’s aquatic center will form part of a masterplan for the artificial Paper Island, which also includes housing, commercial space, and galleries. The masterplan was designed by COBE following an international competition in 2016, with the aquatic center being the focus of a separate design competition in 2017. Apart from Kengo Kuma and COBE, the competition for the aquatic center attracted submissions from firms such as AART3XN, and Studio Octopi.


Courtesy of COBE / BIG

Courtesy of COBE / BIG

Courtesy of COBE / BIG

Courtesy of COBE / BIG

News via: COBE

  • Architects: Bjarke Ingels Group, COBE
  • Location: Trangravsvej, 1436 København K, Denmark
  • Client: City of Copenhagen
  • Landscape Architects: SLA
  • Engineering: Hundsbæk & Henriksen, DEM & Esbensen, Teknologisk Institut
  • Acoustics: Gade & Mortensen Akustik
  • Artists: A-Kassen
  • Area: 5000.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2017

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