(2016 ☆ ARCHIVED) Vejle Kajak Klub – The Floating Kayak Club

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THE FLOATING KAYAK CLUB - Nominee for the 2016 'Industry Professional' of the year award.

The Floating Kayak Club was created for the Vejle Commune by FORCE4 Architects in 2015. Both the club and the architects are nominated for this award.

The clubhouse floats over the waters of the Vejle Fjord in Denmark, accessed by a wooden walkway. The design is sleek and modern, combining Danish aesthetics with the practical needs of a kayak club. The building is a striking sculpture in itself and is surely one of the most remarkable kayak clubs in the world.

The building has two main sections, one for club activities and one for kayak storage. Between these areas is a courtyard with decks surrounding a central water space, providing an easy place to ‘put in’ and access the fjord.

According to the architects - ‘The central water space strengthens the community and supports a 'club-feeling'’

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The roof of the building is also an activities area, with an outdoor kitchen, barbeque and sundeck. The various levels, indoor and outdoor spaces are connected by walkways, ramps and stairs in a continuous loop design.

The building truly connects members with each other and the water, bringing paddlers together in a unique and inspiring environment.  The design was featured in the prominent European architecture website Arch Daily.

Collaborators include The Danish Foundation for Culture and Sports Facilities, Niras A/S and Marine Tek.

 

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