The capital of Denmark regularly ranks high on the list of the happiest and healthiest cities in the world. And while there are many reasons for this, such as the high standard of living and the great work-life balance, to be fair, sustainable urban planning and design also play a role. key in it; whether the city’s vast network of bicycle routes, urban waterways are clean enough to bathe or the fact that 83% of the population lives within 300m of a green space.
Parks located in cities around the world are often great places for people to immerse themselves in green spaces, while enjoying urban life. However, in Copenhagen, architects and designers are looking to take advantage of the free space of the city in a different way.
And soon there will be a new way for locals to engage with their city thanks to the Copenhagen Islands project. Designed by Australian architect Marshall Blecher and Danish design studio, Studio Fokstrot, as a non-profit project, the archipelago is essentially a network of small floating parks made of recycled materials. Institutional and sustainably sourced will be introduced into the city’s harbors.
The Copenhagen Islands (Denmark) is a city park made up of floating, movable islands. Another reason that led to the design of these islands was to create recreational areas for residents to enjoy, able to adapt to sea level rise, one of the challenges that Denmark faces in these next year. Obviously, this creative design seems to change the way people play and entertain people in parks.
Using traditional wooden boat building techniques, the islands will be hand-built in the city’s boat yards and planted with endemic trees and grasses. And in keeping with the sustainable character, islands will be relocated seasonally between “unused and newly developed harbor areas” so as not to overwhelm certain areas and bring life. to other points as needed.
The first islands, named CPH-Ø1, looked a bit like a floating pier, 215 square feet wide with a linden planted in the middle. CPH-Ø1 was launched in 2018 and was a great success, providing a unique space for the public to enjoy the outdoors. Two more islands are scheduled to launch in the spring of 2021.
The islands will allow boats to enter shore.
“By placing the island above the water, it always caused immediate surprise to passersby. This was the first experience of a brand new kind of public space coming to Copenhagen. movable, floating, and free public space for exploration and conquest “- written on the Copenhagen Islands website.
These planned islands are not only a way to take advantage of the unused parts of the Copenhagen harbor, they are also highly adaptable based on the needs of the people. The islands can be scattered in designated areas during the summer for those with kayaking and swimming purposes.
During winter and for special events or festivals, islands can be reassembled into a supercontinent, forming a miniature world, so it is more accessible from the dock. port.
The Copenhagen Islands website says: “The islands will be relocated to appropriate locations around the inner harbor, but will also be placed at the more often forgotten and underused corners of the harbor. , motivating life and activity around, ”
According to Blecher, these green spaces are carefully designed to welcome new wildlife. The inundated portions of the islands will become habitat for seaweeds and small marine life to anchor, which will attract other animals to congregate near each island. The surprise grounds in the middle of the harbor will also act as a resting area for local birds.
And according to Danish tradition, with a growing list of green and sustainable public places, such as the tree-top spiral walkway at Gisselfeld Klosters Skove, CPH-Ø1 and the islands attributed Other plans, are all built with sustainable materials.
When it comes to a separate artificial island project, the Copenhagen island plan is one of the largest, greenest and most innovative business districts in Northern Europe. In an effort to bring more clean energy to the city of Copenhagen, the Danish government has announced plans to build nine new artificial islands as part of the largest and most ambitious land reclamation project in Scandinavia. Constructed in 2022, the project, named Holmene (Little Island), will cover 3 million square meters of land and is located just 10 kilometers south of Copenhagen. Besides, not all parks will be like CPH-Ø1, each island has plans to create spaces for different activities, such as swimming, floating gardens, steam baths, stalls coffee and even the mussel farm. Plus, these islands could also be opened in other port cities, as they were made to be flexible with the local environment, according to the project website.
Not surprisingly, the Copenhagen Archipelago is fully deserved to be awarded the Taipei international design award for public space and social design award, It has reached the final round of Beazley design award at the Museum Design London and recently announced as a finalist in the Danish Design Awards.