Superkilen: Multi-ethnic square in Copenhagen

The project below is a follow up to an article I read on Archdaily about lessons UK should learn from Denmark, architecturally wise.

Don’t hesitate reading through, it has a point.

Client: Copenhagen Municipality, Realdania
Location: Nørrebro, Copenhagen / from Norrebrogade to Tagensvej
Function: Public space
Site area: 30.000 m2 / 322917 sq.ft / 750 m long public space
Completion: Spring 2012
Authorship: BIG, Topotek1, Superflex
Collaboration: Lemming Eriksson, Help PR & Communication
Budget: Ca. 58,5 MIO DDK / 7.7 MIO EUR / 11 MIO USD

Danish architecture firm BIG has scattered miscellaneous street furniture from 60 different nations across a brightly coloured carpet of grass and rubber at this park in Copenhagen.

The architects worked alongside landscape architects Topotek1 and artists Superflex on the design of the Superkilen park, which stretches 750 metres through the Nørrebro neighbourhood in the north of the city.

“Rather than plastering the urban area with Danish designs we decided to gather the local intelligence and global experience to create a display of global urban best practice comprising the best that each of the 60 different cultures and countries have to offer when it comes to urban furniture,” said BIG project leader Nanna Gyldholm Møller.

The local market is held here, beside benches from Brazil, cast iron litter bins from the UK and a Thai boxing ring. There’s also a children’s playground, containing a slide from Chernobyl, a climbing frame from India and a set of swings from Iraq.

The second zone is conceived as an “urban living room” where locals play board games beneath the shelter of Japanese cherry trees and Lebanese cedar trees.

Painted white lines run north to south across the ground but curve around the outside of the street furniture, which includes Belgian benches, Brazilian bar chairs, a Norwegian bike rack and a Moroccan fountain.

Grass plains and hills comprise the third zone, which contains areas for sports, sunbathing and picnics.
“Rather than perpetuating a perception of Denmark as a mono-ethnic people, the park portrays a true sample of the cultural diversity of contemporary Copenhagen,” said Topotek1’s Martin-Rein Cano.

Photographs by Torben Eskerod and Iwan Bann



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