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Valby Water Culture House

Valby Water Culture Centre – a new paradise for water babies of all ages. It has everything for fitness enthusiasts, wellness lovers, and anyone simply wanting to mess about in water

Valby Water Culture Centre is not like the usual rectangular swimming pool. There are crooked walls and asymmetric lines everywhere, both outside and in, creating dynamic spaces, which challenge the senses and encourage fun.

Everything for wellness and water babies

Nøhr and Sigsgaard Arkitekter have designed this 3,530 sq. m. splash paradise - two storeys of fun, exercise and relaxation.

On the ground floor you can go crazy in the play and paddling pools, which radiate out into a water world with slides, counter flow channels, water staircases, water tunnels and a grotto with coloured lighting.

The first floor is devoted to wellness. This is a place to relax in a play-free, warm water pool, soothe your aching muscles in the infrared sauna, take in the view of Valby Park from the panorama sauna, or enjoy the aroma sauna, where the air is perfumed with essential oils. All visitors have access to this luxurious floor.

Innovation leads to a 25 % decrease in energy consumption

Swimming pools usually consume an enormous amount of energy, but Valby Water Culture Centre has succeeded in creating something rare - a low energy swimming pool, which uses 25% less energy than a conventional swimming pool. This significant energy optimisation is the result of close collaboration between architects and engineers throughout the whole development phase.

"The process has been unique and extremely positive. Right from the initial sketches, the architect and the engineer were compelled to work closely together on the subject of energy optimisation.  It led to all sorts of exciting solutions." Knud Munk, Project Manager and Engineer at Rambøll.

For example, the many litres of hot water, which pour through the showers in the changing rooms on a daily basis, will be recycled. In addition, only low energy lighting will be used, while the windows are triple glazed with insulated frames.

It is the Municipality of Copenhagen, who have insisted upon this low energy consumption. It is all part of their plan for Copenhagen to be the world's first ever CO2-neutral capital by 2025.

Thursday, January 10, 2013 / By Ida Oline Frandsen

Last updated Thursday, July 10, 2014