Old Made NewFrihamnen, Sweden
At Frihamnen port in Gothenburg, a corrugated, strangely shaped structure stands at the end of a bridge, its reflection wavering in the waters below. Inside this weathered, metallic building is a small piece of luxury that adds a softer side to Scandinavia’s largest port. Recycled materials feature in the design, with timber lining the walls and 12,000 bottles surrounding the changing rooms to create glass-like lighting. Stewing in the steamy interiors offers views past cranes and shipping containers and out across the harbour, which is undergoing a redevelopment due to be completed in 2021. The experience is free, and when you’re well toasted and lobster-red, there’s a chlorine-free pool nearby with enticingly cool waters.
Free. But you need to book.