Water sports center Halsskov

The project emphasizes the special raw character of the site, both in the selection of new materials and the recycling of existing ones. The concrete piers have been exposed and fragments of bulwarks and harbor fittings have been preserved.

Project: Water sports center

Role: Architect and landscape architect

Size: 8,5 mio. kr.

Location: Halskov

Client: Slagelse Kommune

Sweco Architects is the architect and landscape architect for the first stage of the new Water Sports Center in Halsskov. The project is an architectural intervention that will ensure accessibility to the water and water sports activities at the old ferry port.

The diving tower is the area's visible marker. The tower is designed for a jump from 4, 8 and 11 meters and has a distinctive yellow signal color that can be seen from the Great Belt Bridge. The tower is made of three stacked containers, that turn gradually to generate an interesting interaction between activity, shadows and volumes.

As a continuous theme, the project recycles as many materials as possible from the former port, either directly or through upcycling. The area's boundaries and benches consist of the former bulwarks from the ferry port, while new wooden decks consist of sawn bulwark. The facility buildings, also built by containers, are covered with heat treated wood from sustainable forestry that ensures minimal maintenance. On the energy side, LED lighting is used to minimize total consumption.

The project includes the following functions:

• Diving tower with the possibility of jumping from 4, 8 and 11 meters
• Climbing wall on the outside of the pier.
• Access through ladders, ramps and floating platforms to the water
• 3 beach volleyball courts, which can also be used for beach handball
• View point with fixed binoculars at the outermost pier
• Facility building with toilets, changing room, depot and outdoor showers• Walking paths in the area have been upgraded and the arrival and parking areas are refurbished

Photo: Mads Frederik