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In Progress: Superkilen / BIG and Topotek 1

  • Architects: BIG and Topotek 1
  • 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

© Dragor Luft Courtesy of BIG © Dragor Luft © Dragor Luft

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.

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