Historic 1930s Sea Pool Is Getting a Dramatic Redesign Resembling a Topographic Map

The historic Knubben harbor bath in Arendal, Norway, will soon undergo a dramatic redesign that's a bit different than a traditional restoration. Design firm Snøhetta has released images of a contemporary and elegant stepped landscape that will breathe new life into the original 1937 design by Ketil Ugland.

The original harbor bath has long remained closed but once included public amenities such as a children’s pool, changing facilities, and a 33’ foot diving platform. Instead of restoring all of these facilities, the firm designed an abstracted topography inspired by the surrounding hilly landscape. It will still include public programs such as an open-air stage, amphitheater, restaurants, and some interior spaces.

“As we become increasingly urban, we long for contact with nature,” Snøhetta says. “Knubben will be a social meeting place that provides a sensation of closeness to the sea, and will serve as a backdrop to a plethora of activities and experiences. it will be a soothing spot in the sun on a hot sum the area wither evening, a hub for cultural events, and a place to enjoy a good meal after taking an icy bath on a cold winter’s day.”

Currently, the plan is for concrete layers will be built on the existing skerry. But though the renderings are currently represented with mostly concrete, the architects are looking into more sustainable materials in future development. This includes potential green technology that would emit less greenhouse gas through production while meeting concrete’s ability to withstand the effects of the water.

This contemporary design is set to open to the public in 2024.

Snøhetta is breathing new life into Norway's historic Knubben harbor bath with a stepped artificial island.

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Samantha Pires

Sam Pires is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met and one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She is also a freelance architectural designer. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from NJIT and is currently earning a Master in Architecture II from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Sam has design experience at multiple renowned architecture firms such as Gensler and Bjarke Ingels Group. She believes architecture should be more accessible to everyone and uses writing to tell unexpected stories about the built environment. You can connect with her online at @sampir.fi.
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