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Location: Copenhagen, Denmark

Status: Completed

Superkilen is a half a mile long urban space wedging through

one of the most ethnically diverse and socially challenged neighbourhoods in Denmark. It has one overarching idea that it is conceived as a giant exhibition of urban best practice – a collection of global found objects from 60 different nationalities of the people inhabiting the area surrounding it. This collection of objects ranges from exercise gear from muscle beach LA to sewage drains from Israel, palm trees from China and neon signs from Qatar and Russia.

Public space for global found objects and their nationalities.

 

This urban park by BIG + TOPOTEK1 + SUPERFLEX is conceived as a giant exhibition of urban best practice by incorporating everyday objects from more than 60 different cultures, constitutes a rare fusion of architecture, landscape and art.

The urban park is 1-kilometer long runs through the Nørrebro area just North of Copenhagen’s city center, creating a different yet unifying spaces in one of the most ethnically diverse and socially challenged neighbourhoods in Denmark.

Superkilen is divided into three color-coded areas, each with a distinct atmospheric and functional condition: the large and expansive red square which serves as an extension of the adjacent sports hall offering a range of recreational and cultural activities; the black square as the heart of the Superkilen where locals can meet by the Moroccan fountain or a game of chess; and a linear green stretch as a natural meeting place for large-scale sports activities providing vantage points over the surroundings.

Superkilen is divided into three color-coded areas, each with a distinct atmospheric and functional condition: the large and expansive red square which serves as an extension of the adjacent sports hall offering a range of recreational and cultural activities; the black square as the heart of the Superkilen where locals can meet by the Moroccan fountain or a game of chess; and a linear green stretch as a natural meeting place for large-scale sports activities providing vantage points over the surroundings.

Superkilen is a surrealist collection of global urban diversity of more than 100 objects from 60 cultures which reflect the true nature of the local neighbourhood.

A bike path runs through the entire park improving the infrastructure locally in the area while integrating it into the broader, citywide context.

Throughout the Superkilen red maple, Japanese cherry trees, larix, palm trees from China and Lebanese cedar trees are planted to offer more shade and vegetative interest, augmenting the existing trees. The diversity in tree and plant species complements the diversity of the site furniture.