Danish Architecture Guide

The Harbour Jellyfish

You may wonder about the sloping surface made of soft rubber shaped with spherical jellyfish, you can see alongside the Harbour Square? No: it isn't an invasion from the depth of the sea, but instead an interactive playground. It is called Havnegoplerne - the Harbour Jellyfish. It is fun for children of all ages and, moreover, it gives the area an architectonic boost.

An interactive layer has been built into the jellyfish, making it possible to turn on a jet of water in a specific time span. The digital steering gives a world of possibilities for playing games and splashing about. If you wish, analogue steering is possible as well; you can influence - or obstruct - the water on its way from the nozzle to the water channel.

The water is switched on from 8 in the morning until 8 in the evening during the summer, making lots of time to splash about in the warm months. And when darkness falls, little diodes in the rubber covering, light up and outline the jellyfish. The water coming from the nozzles is recirculated, meaning that it is cleansed and reused.

The Harbour Jellyfish is part of Odenese Kommunes "Playspot strategy" from 2011 and the vision of turning Odense into a "playful city."


Wednesday, January 08, 2014 / By Kasper Egeberg

Last updated Tuesday, February 11, 2014