The winning entry for Copenhagen's Water Culture House competition was designed by Kengo Kuma in collaboration with Denmark subcontractors Cornelius Voge, Soren Jensen engineers and Niels Sigsgaard. The project combines a waterfront culture center with leisure and sport facilities centered around harbor baths.
The firm's design focuses on connecting the city and water environments in Copenhagen's harbor creating a cascading flow to blur the lines between these two boundaries. Various access points are woven into the culture house leaving the space devoid of a front or back.
Kengo Kuma & Associates included features such as indoor and outdoor pools, harbor baths, and sport and wellness facilities. These features take form in a series of pyramid and cone shapes with a brick facade as a nod to traditional Danish aesthetics. The design's cone shaped roofs extrude downwards, and correspond to the pools mirrored below.
The project takes place on a corner site within a larger development plan for Denmark's Paper Island—highlighting the harbor as a gateway to the city's expansion.
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