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In Progress: Superkilen / BIG and Topotek 1

  • 01:00 - 18 August, 2011
In Progress: Superkilen / BIG and Topotek 1
In Progress: Superkilen / BIG and Topotek 1, © Dragor Luft
© Dragor Luft

© Dragor Luft Courtesy of BIG © Dragor Luft © Dragor Luft +15

  • Architects

  • Location

    Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Partner In Charge

    Bjarke Ingels
  • Project Leader

    Nanna Gyldholm Møller, Mikkel Marcker Stubgaard
  • Collaborators

    Topotek 1, Superflex, Help Pr & Communication, Lemming & Eriksson
  • Client

    Copenhagen Municipality, Realdania
  • Status

    1st Prize, Completion Summer 2011
  • Size

    4.3 ha
  • Team

    Ondrej Tichy, Jonas Lehmann, Rune Hansen, Jan Borgstrøm, Lacin Karaoz, Jonas Barre, Nicklas Antoni Rasch, Gabrielle Nadeau, Jennifer Dahm Petersen, Richard Howis, Fan Zhang
  • Photographs

    Dragor Luft, Courtesy of BIG

From the architect. How do you create a solid and open framework that can satisfy the wishes and needs of 57 cultures and thousands of individuals?

The project is not a finalized art piece but an open creation that will receive content and shape throught the diologue with the users. The choice of colours and materials begin as neutral to language and culture but acquire a meaning over time as they are used in the cityspace and populated by the inhabitants.

Courtesy of BIG
Courtesy of BIG

The different surfaces and colours of the area are integrated so that they become a backdrop for a variety of objects chosen by the citizens and curated by the designers. This backdrop is at the same time neutral, distinctive and discreet. The Superkilen project is part of a partnership between Copenhagen Municipality and Realdania. The goal is to make the Nørrebro neighbourhood become the center of innovative urban spaces of international standard which can be an inspiration for other cities and neighbourhoods.

Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "In Progress: Superkilen / BIG and Topotek 1" 18 Aug 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/161389/superkilen-big/>
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36 Comments

LauraHamel · March 29, 2012

Awesome outdoor development project going on in Copenhagen. http://t.co/MJb436LA

Shukur · February 14, 2012

In Progress: Superkilen / BIG and Topotek 1 - archdaily
--- http://ow.ly/6gd8u

vonsild · January 26, 2012

What a shit show! Every time I pass the area I am truly embarrassed that young presumably talented architects could fuck this up so badly.
It has not opened officially but already now it has failed:
1. The surface was red for a week until reality showed up. Ugly, dirty and most importantly,: extremely dangerous to cross on bike or by foot when wet. I have fallen on my bike twice. And this is one of the most used bike path in the city.
2, Almost all equipment on the square has fallen apart or destroyed.
Truly a waste of money and a disgrace to the neighborhood.

Vlad the Impala · September 26, 2011

Discreet??

No, it's just bad art. Making it HUGE bad art is not an improvement.

Funny that the Copenhagen Red Square starts at the sign for an old Soviet car company (???????). "Red" is hardly neutral, are you sure this isn't an attempt at mocking the people who paid for it?

Sigfús Örn · September 24, 2011

In Progress: Superkilen / BIG and Topotek 1 | ArchDaily http://j.mp/q23N6b Looking good Copenhagen. Did they finish this thing already?

futuropasado.com · September 18, 2011

In Progress: Superkilen / BIG and Topotek 1 | ArchDaily http://ow.ly/6xtP1

palapa · September 13, 2011

horrible. what the hell did BIG think?

Aleksandra · August 30, 2011

Original :) RT @archnow In Progress: Superkilen / BIG and Topotek 1 - archdaily --- http://t.co/2flYOVe

arq experimental · August 30, 2011

In Progress: Superkilen / BIG and Topotek 1 - archdaily
--- http://ow.ly/6gd8u

Dan Hogman · August 30, 2011

In Progress: Superkilen / BIG and Topotek 1 - archdaily
--- http://ow.ly/6gda0

ArchNow · August 30, 2011

In Progress: Superkilen / BIG and Topotek 1 - archdaily
--- http://ow.ly/6gd8u

Jotun Boya · August 23, 2011

Nørrebro&#39da s?cak renk tonlar?yla tasarlanm?? oldukça iddial? bir ?ehir meydan?... http://t.co/CL68xk7 #jotun #boya

Blaž Lokar · August 23, 2011

Nov in zelo zanimiv javni prostor v Copenhagnu! http://t.co/ln0Jc2D

alanzoide · August 22, 2011

In Progress: Superkilen / BIG | ArchDaily http://t.co/QoeoBte via @archdaily

mellabrown · August 22, 2011

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Nanuka Zaalishvili · August 22, 2011

????? ?????? ???? ????? ?? http://t.co/UBwzgEk via @archdaily

Future Cape Town · August 22, 2011

@ArchiRube http://t.co/g0IEySB Copenhagen at least tries.

Wayne Sharpe · August 21, 2011

Radical urban project - new street in Copenhagen - http://t.co/whgbdVr

Alexei Nosachenko · August 21, 2011

Radical urban project - new street in Copenhagen - http://t.co/whgbdVr

Phillip Wilson · August 21, 2011
Io_oI · August 21, 2011

Radical urban project - new street in Copenhagen - http://t.co/whgbdVr

Avi Abrams · August 21, 2011

Radical urban project - new street in Copenhagen - http://t.co/whgbdVr

Gastón Rojas · August 21, 2011

Siempre buenos aportes -- In Progress: Superkilen / BIG | ArchDaily http://t.co/wWU3BNj vía @archdaily

yasushi nakamura · August 20, 2011

???????????????????????????????????????????In Progress: Superkilen / BIG | ArchDaily http://t.co/ff7uSfK via @archdaily

JL · August 19, 2011

Oh man, no words. This is horrible.

Tim Hancock · August 19, 2011

RT @ArchDaily: Superkilen / BIG http://t.co/76Bkpis #architecture

Jose Pico · August 19, 2011

El color como motor de arranque de un entorno urbano. Veremos si los ciudadanos estan de acuerdo y le dan vida. http://t.co/LW5DxJN

ACINTAarq · August 19, 2011

Superkilen / BIG http://t.co/2PXbkxQ vía @archdaily

ariana roberts · August 19, 2011

wow...but when it fades? i hope they will continually keep this pretty project up!

RIBA Plymouth Branch · August 19, 2011

RT @ArchDaily: Superkilen / BIG http://t.co/76Bkpis #architecture

nz · August 19, 2011

welcome to the candy shop... lalala

lacullinane · August 19, 2011

@Brunu - Looks like the material they use for tennis courts.

Mr P · August 19, 2011

13 people + collaborators to design this thing?

Mrs P · August 19, 2011 01:25 AM

Mr P,
Sure, you would have done it all by yourself (including construction).

But your comment suggests why you are still writing comments on blogs, instead of working on significant projects (other than the house with garage in your neighborhood).
Get over it and contribute to architectural blogs with your own masterpieces, much rather than suggesting in pathetic comments, you would have been able to submit such. Once you reached that point, you would not hide behind fake names or avatars anymore, but put the signature of your own name beside your work. Until then, you are just and nothing but a troll.

Brunu · August 18, 2011

Anyone knows what's the red material on the floor?

Random Guy · August 19, 2011 02:11 AM

Im not actually sure whether this is real (already) or a great photoshop (BIG is excellent at it), but my guess would be colored concrete of some kind.
But the question is whether a bit of coloring will create the city centres they aspire to create. Looking forward to the finished project.

ksa · August 18, 2011

ho boy those photos from the ground dont do them any favors. How much more money will it take to "close" this open framework huh?

SALT · August 18, 2011

Wow...ummmmmmmm bright? Lets see what the next two phases look like.

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