/ July/August 2009
Miyoko Ohtake, Associate Editor:
In fall 2008, I had the opportunity to travel to my favorite city in the world: Copenhagen. In addition to visiting the Fritz Hansen factory for a Process story
about its iconic 3107 chair and chatting with Bjarke Ingels of BIG
about projects such as the Mountain Dwelling and the recently completed 8 House, I travelled south of the city proper to Kastrap.
Though I encountered a bit of difficulty finding the spot with my taxi driver (I would have been better off taking the relatively recently extended Copenhagen Metro), I met Swedish architect Fredrik Pettersson of White Arkitekter on the spiraling sea bath. After strolling around and climbing over the structure with Pettersson while we chatted about its design, I decided to take the plunge. Though Pettersson had yet to take the jump off of the highest-most diving platform, I leaped into the chilly water of the √òresund Strait (which dips to 30 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter but fortunately was not nearly that cold when I was there).
The dive was invigorating and I clambered up the steps for another go. I swam around the inner circle, which creates 245-foot laps, then, realizing I forgot a towel, sun-dried on the built-in benches until it was time to take off for my next appointment. As I left, I couldn't help thinking what such a structure could do for cities with blight waterfronts and inaccessible beaches like Buffalo, New York (my hometown). Hopefully, they'll take note. Photograph by Åke E:son Lindman