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Arne Jacobsen’s Bellevue Beach Park

June 26, 2015
Bellevue via that nordic feeling

Bellevue via that nordic feeling

I have one more favourite Arne Jacobsen spot to share with you. As you know I’m a sucker for great architecture as well as design. Arne Jacobsen (1902-1971) was a wonderful architect and designer and I am full of admiration for his work. So much of what he touched feels timeless and looks as elegant and contemporary today as it did when it was first built.

The Bellevue Beach Park was constructed in 1932. The area’s residents had long complained about not having a place to change at the new beach. So when the road was pulled back from the beach, an architectural contest was announced. A young Arne Jacobsen won the contest with his plan for the area. The crown juvel of his plan was the iconic blue lifeguard towers, that still stand tall today more than 80 years later, and have become an iconic and well-known landmark.

The beach park is located just north of Copenhagen very close to the world’s prettiest petrol station called Paddehatten (the Mushroom) – also designed by Arne Jacobsen and considered among his finest functionalist masterpieces.

Bellevue via that nordic feelingBellevue via that nordic feeling

So Arne solved the problem by building individual changing booths and a common locker room, where you could store your clothes. The men’s and women’s section were each constructed as a transverse back with six wings. Each of the six wings containing 16 booths in two rows, the end of which was a shower and two benches. The changing booths were positioned perpendicular to the dressing rooms that were built into the slope of the park.

Bellevue via that nordic feelingBellevue via that nordic feeling

But it was more than just changing rooms and beach facilities. The whole area had a touch of Arne Jacobsen. He designed everything from the familiar blue-striped lifeguard towers to ice cream parlors, tickets, season tickets and ice cream packaging. The kiosks, booths and pier disappeared over time unfortunately.

In 1938 Arne Jacobsen added a kiosk systems with a kayak club at Bellevue.

Bellevue via that nordic feeling

Want to see more of Arne’s work? Check my posts about his iconic petrol station, the beautiful smokehouse and one of the most famous chairs in the world.

P.s. Don’t miss out on the amazing give away I am hosting to celebrate the blog’s second birthday. You can win a complete set of tableware from Kähler’s new Hammershøi line for a total value of 4000 DKK.

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2 Comments

  • Reply Emma June 26, 2015 at 14:36

    beautiful design and excellent photography!

  • Reply Maria July 1, 2015 at 06:12

    Beautifull settings & colours

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