CF Møller Landscape, an offshoot of the Scandinavian architecture firm, won a competition to design the Nordhavn Islands, envisioned as a hub for outdoor learning and water-themed activities.
Building on the success of existing harbour developments in Denmark, the trio of islands is intended to function as a centre for the surrounding community. They will offer activities to students and local residents in all weathers, from kayaking and boating to sunbathing or fishing.
"Our proposal really embraces the union of water and nature at eye level," explained Lasse Palm, head of CF Møller Landscape.
"The project has tremendous potential as a community generator which, with the water encouraging activity and as a social trigger, will bring life and atmosphere to the area, and thus link the new school with the city and the city with the water."
Each of the circular decks will have its own characteristics. The Reef will form both a teaching centre and a hub for quayside events, The Lagoon will provide an arena for water sports, and The Sun Bath will have a bathing area for swimming lessons and a sauna.
Copenhagen already has numerous recreational bathing facilities along its harbour front, built to offer an alternative to the city's beaches. To help the Nordhavn Islands stand apart, the designers hope to make them more "rugged in character". To achieve this, they plan to encourage organic vegetation to grow around the outside of the structures. This will also help to define a natural safety perimeter around the three islands, making them more suitable for children to use.
CF Møller will deliver the new harbour structures in tandem with the school, which the firm won another competition for in 2013.
"We are passionate about creating new urban and landscape spaces that focus on integrating building and landscape because we believe that it adds value to the project concerned and to the city as a whole," added Palm.
"With the Nordhavn Islands, we have created an inviting urban platform for social and cultural exchange, where everyone can meet the natural phenomena head on," he added.
Located at the coast of the Øresund, Nordhavn is a former industrial port that is being transformed into a new residential neighbourhood. According to CF Møller, Nordhavn Islands will be "one of the first and most unique projects in, on and under the water in the quarter".