Snohetta has released the latest version its reconstruction plan for the traditional Knubben Harbour Bath, Arendal (Norway). The original structure was built in 1937 and represents both functionalist architecture of the period as well as the many recreational facilities in Norway. Snohetta’s proposal preserves the original design and its most notable features while creating an artificial topography that is reminiscent of the Norwegian islands. This creates a new leisure destination in Arendal.

(c) Snohetta / Aesthetica Studio
(c) Snohetta / Aesthetica Studio

The original design was by Ketil Ugland and included a diving platform and changing rooms, as well as changing rooms, changing rooms, and a kiosk. After falling into disrepair, the structure was reopened in 1960 as a jazz club. The original plan was to restore the island, but the Norwegian design studio created a multi-use plan.

(c) Snohetta / Aesthetica Studio
(c) Snohetta / Aesthetica Studio

Snohetta’s design is a structure with concave walls and convex walls that resemble a block made of stone rising from water on steel piles. The construction will have multiple horizontal layers that represent topographical contours of a map to faithfully portray the idea of a landscape. The project will be open-air, an amphitheatre, and an indoor area that houses a restaurant and other performance spaces. It is a destination year-round.

The Knubben will be the venue for many activities such as sunbathing, swimming, and dining, creating a close relationship between urban and natural life. In 2024, the project will be open to the public.

(c) Snohetta / Aesthetica Studio
(c) Snohetta / Aesthetica Studio