In Progress: Superkilen / BIG and Topotek 1

© Dragor Luft

Architect: BIG and Topotek 1
Location: , Denmark
Partner in Charge: Bjarke Ingels
Project Leader: Nanna Gyldholm Møller, Mikkel Marcker Stubgaard
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
Collaborators: Topotek 1, Superflex, Help Pr & Communication, Lemming & Eriksson
Client: Copenhagen Municipality, Realdania
Status: 1st Prize, Completion Summer 2011
Size: 4.3 ha
Photographs: , Dragor Luft, Topotek 1

© Dragor Luft

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.


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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Cite: "In Progress: Superkilen / BIG and Topotek 1" 18 Aug 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 18 Sep 2014. <>


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    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?

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      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.

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      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.

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    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 (москвич). “Red” is hardly neutral, are you sure this isn’t an attempt at mocking the people who paid for it?

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    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.

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