Kildeskovshallen

Culture

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Aage Struwing
 

Kildeskovshallen is considered to be one of the most beautiful sports and swimming pool facilities in Danish post-war architecture. Kildeskovshallen is the product of a close collaboration between architect duo Karen and Ebbe Clemmensen and landscape architect Agnete Muusfeldt. Kildeskovshallen is a shining example of refined technological architecture, while at the same time integrating perfectly with the surrounding forest landscape.

The building’s three roofs – each covering a separate pool – overhang each other at varying heights, giving the visual impression that they are floating in the air. The ceilings above the pools feature a space frame construction, while the exterior walls facing the green landscape are made of glass.

As a contrast to these elegant structures, one side of the building consists of heavier, non-transparent building components that serve as a base for the glass halls.

The narrow vertical steel columns of the facade and the lightweight space frame are an echo of the trees in the surrounding forest. This connection blurs the dividing lines between inside and outside the building. Visitors inside the facility maintain a close visual connection with the landscape outside and the outdoor wading pool, which has a mosaic bottom made by the artist Henning Damgaard Sørensen.

Kildeskovhallen uses manganese (greyish) bricks in its masonry and steel truss roof structures. The building’s space frames are a pale shade of blue-green and the columns are painted purplish black.

An extension to Kildeskovhallen designed by Entasis Architects was later built to house a 50-meter pool. This extension is located in a separate subterranean facility north of the original building.