Studio Octopi has been named among the five teams competing for a new landmark aquatics centre in the heart of the Danish capital
The project, planned to complete in 2021, will deliver a new 5,000m² aquatics centre with indoor and outdoor swimming facilities on a prominent city-centre island opposite the Henning Larsen-designed Copenhagen Opera House.
The site on Papirøen, or Paper Island (pictured) in Copenhagen Harbour was formerly occupied by warehouses storing paper for the Danish press but is now home to designer shops and a street food market.
Announcing the shortlist, Copenhagen mayor Frank Jensen said: ‘I am very pleased to see the five teams’ proposals. Papirøen is today a draw for both locals and visitors with a wonderful life and is instrumental in making Copenhagen one of the world’s best cities to live in.’
The announcement of the shortlisting comes shortly after Studio Octopi presented its latest plans for a floating ‘Thames Baths’ to MPs in Westminster. Studio Octopi will focus on outdoor elements of the Copenhagen proposal while ALA Architects will concentrate on the indoor swimming areas.
The five finalist teams have until 2 June to draw up conceptual proposals for the new facility, which is part of a competition-winning masterplan by COBE for the 29,000m² artificial island.
The masterplan – chosen over rival visions by Henning Larsen, OMA, MVRDV, and CF Møller – will deliver new galleries and flexible events spaces alongside the planned aquatics centre.
Last year local practice JAJA Architects defeated Zaha Hadid Architects, Architects of Invention and AZPML in an international contest for a new parish church in the nearby South Harbour district.
The winner of the aquatics centre contest is expected to be announced in December.