Vejle’s waterfront has over the past few years been transformed into a modern and charming canal district with a vibrant maritime club life. Today the area features award-winning architecture and sustainable housing. The waterfront has become an exciting recreational area with a promenade, restaurant, marina, kayak club island, public urban spaces and panoramic terraces.
On the landside of the northern section of the waterfront you find residential areas with rental as well as owner-occupied apartments in addition to the clubhouse of Vejle Roklub (Vejle Rowing Club) and the futuristic condominium complex, Bølgen (The Wave). Pontoon bridges offer access to the club island that is home to a marina and Den Flydende Kajakklub (the floating kayak club) – both built on jetties and boardwalks. Along the southern section of the waterfront, the dockland district of Havneøen is currently under construction with apartments and corporate headquarters.
Club Island and marina
Klubøen (The Club Island) is home to Vejle’s maritime clubs. The large building houses facilities for the sailing club, motorboat club, dinghy club and visiting vessels as well as offices and public toilets. Located on the upper floor is the popular Restaurant Remouladen that features a terrace with panoramic views of the inlet and waterfront. On the upper level there is a roof terrace with exercise equipment. At the pier, which connects Klubøen with the marina, there is a nice cream parlour during summer months in addition to a large pontoon with tables and benches and two small pontoons designed for water games. Klubøen is designed by Transform.
The floating kayak club
Vejle Kayak Club probably has Denmark’s most unique clubhouse. The manmade island is located about 20 metres from shore and can be reached via a footbridge. The island, which is almost V-shaped, is designed by Force4 Architects. Besides club and storage facilities and a launch area for kayaking club members, the floating kayak club also has space for nature guides to teach. Along the island’s embankments there are wooden stairs and roof terraces that offer tables and benches and guaranteed panoramic views. There is public access between 8:00 and 22:00, under due consideration for the kayakers.
The exclusive wave-shaped apartment complex Bølgen has received a host of awards and has long been one of Vejle’s architectural landmarks. The nine-storey property is designed by Henning Larsen Architects. A total of five waves have been planned in succession. Construction of the last three waves began in 2015.
Havneøen and Kirk Kapital Headquarters
Nine high-rise apartment blocs are planned on a 24,400m2 large area in the Vejle Harbour, offering luxurious dwellings surrounded by canals and with an open harbour square. A bridge connection from Havneøen will offer access to the new corporate headquarters of the investment company Kirk Kapital A/S that is currently under construction. The studio of world-renowned Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson has designed the multi-towered building where the ground floor offers public access. Construction is expected to be completed in 2018.
The commercial harbour
Like in many other port cities, Vejle’s thriving commercial harbour is secured with fencing and there is therefore no public access to the harbourfront along Nordkajen and Sydkajen.