Bellevue Beach Park

The task of the project was to design a renewal plan for the coastline of Bellevue Beach Park.

The original plan was designed by Arne Jacobsen in 1940, but since then several buildings have been demolished and the coastline has been altered to try and preserve the beach. The task has covered preparation of cultural heritage, vision and master planning, user involvement and realization. The renewal plan includes the beach area, but not the buildings and will give the beach a new profile, outplacement of lifeguard towers (original by Arne Jacobsen) and better conditions for winter swimmers, beach guests in general and users like kayakers.

For a long time three quarters of the beach line consisted of timber sheet piles and stone settings to protect the beach from sand drift. This project restores the Bellevue Beach Park to its original intention as a recreation destination for the public with a sand bathing beach. 3 new headlands have been designed to preserve the coastline together with a new beach profile while the coastline has also been moved out 25 meters to expand the beach area. Each headland has had specific needs for specific user groups. The second has special lighting and towel racks for winter swimmers and the third has a special designed set of steps from where you can launch kayakers.

On 2 of the headlands the historic lifeguard towers have been placed with respect for the original placing by Arne Jacobsen. The towers underwent an intensive restoration themselves before being placed on the headlands.