600 trees move in to the city during Aarhus Festival where they will create a green and lush urban space that contrasts with the concrete-filled district of Aarhus Ø for 10 days.

It is the architect studio SLA, which last year was behind the well-attended change of Vesterbro Torv to the 'Vesterbro Fall', together with Aarhus Festival creates the urban project 'Skovbadet Ø'.

In the unused middlesection on Bernhard Jensens Boulevard, where the next step of the light rail is to be placed, a temporary forrest is planted that provides a lush and green welcome to the district, which at the same time creates a whole new experience of nature on Aarhus Ø. Meanwhile the project explores the health- and social enhancing qualities of nature and plants.

- With the ’Skovbadet Ø' we show how to use nature to solve a wide range of urban challenges, while increasing the quality of life and mental and physical health. An equilibrium between the built and the green environment creates a whole city - a city with quality of life, meaning, good health and well-being for all, says Stig L. Andersson, Deputy Director and Founder of SLA.

The project is based on the Japanese term Shinrin Yoku, which literally means "forest bathing". Here the documented physical and mental healing effect of nature is used and prescribed by doctors as part of the treatment. The Japanese have used Shinrin Yoku for thousands of years, and now the citizens of Aarhus and the guests of Aarhus Festival can try the phenomenon on their own bodies.

The different types of trees are chosen based on their ability to clean the pollution from cars, naturally reduce CO2 and create a good microclimate in the area, which also houses the new harbor bath.

"Nature, like culture, has some value-creating elements that extend beyond the immediate experience. It creates quality of life, community and a free space for many. 'Skovbadet Ø' builds a bridge between urbanism on good and evil and the strong and multifaceted forces of nature, and I look forward to seeing Aarhus’ citizens and guests take experience it, says Rikke Øxner, Director of Aarhus Festuge.

After Aarhus Festival, the 600 trees will be moved to the district of Gellerup, where they will be part of the new SLA-designed city park and at the same time be part of the urban space project for Aarhus Festuge 2019, where Gellerup's transformation from exposed residential area to integrated district is highlighted.


Date / time: August 31st-September 9th.

Place: Bernhard Jensens Boulevard, Aarhus Ø (from Dalargade to Jette Tikjøbs Plads)

Arranged by: Aarhus Festival in cooperation with SLA

Supported by: The Danish Arts Foundation and The Nykredit Foundation

Thanks to: Grundfos, Aarhus Vand and Buus