Denmark has a proud 15 year old tradition of building
harbour baths. However, Hasle Habour Bath is innovative
even in the Danish context. In a traditional harbour bath,
swimming is restricted to basins within a fence of floating
pontoons. This means very little room for swimming and
restricted view to the water – or alternatively, higher
construction costs. At Hasle Habour, however, there is very
limited traffic, so the architect broke with traditions and
created a bath where swimming is also possible between
bath and shore. This kept costs low while creating more
room for swimming and a unique, natural swimming
Additionally, the harbour bath brings back the view to the
horizon and restrict access to the sea formerly obstructed by
the numerous breakwaters. From the elevated level of the
two stair formations, the beautiful sea view as well as the
legendary Hasle sunset can be enjoyed, without obstruction.
White Architects is Scandinavia’s largest architecture firm. Deeply rooted in the Nordic design tradition and values, we work on projects around the world – driven by our deep interest in society and our desire to create better lifes through the built environment.
White was founded in 1951 and is an international architecture firm with more than 800 employees working in 14 offices across the UK, Denmark, Norway and Sweden.
We are no ordinary architecture firm. Over half of our employees are invested in this collectively-owned company, and we share a deep interest in society and the desire to create better places via sensitivity to the unique character of the place and a holistic, knowledge-based approach through which we create innovative symbioses between urban plans, buildings, and landscape.
The “place” – not just the “space” – is central to our work, and White’s architecture is contextual because we do not believe in universal forms, empty canvases, or individual spaces, but rather in complex relationships between the light, structure, history, materials, techniques, and people that create a certain atmosphere and experience – a ”place” which architecture should be sensitive to.
The ”place” should inspire our work, and we aspire to fuse the qualities of the particular place with the functional requirements of the programme. Because we are convinced that the added aesthetic value of our projects comes from the context, we see our projects as part of holistic eco-systems – not as individual monoliths meant to conquer the space.