OKRA, in collaboration with CCO, ACT, and Smith Innovation, recently won the competition for their Ejby Campus Business area proposal located in the Glostrup Commune near Copenhagen. Their sustainable and innovative development strategy focuses on the creation of a diverse program and the use of public space. With the opportunity to rethink the business areas of suburbia, the business area currently plays an important role in providing economically attractive workplaces in an accessible, open and green setting. More images and architects’ description after the break.
The fact that Ejby erhvervspark has grown steadily since the 60′s –through many economic up- and downturns- is evidence that their current qualities are a strong foundation for healthy growth. Looking at the development plan the most apparent element is the strong green connection from North to South across the site. We strongly believe that Ejby erhvervspark’s greatest asset is its relation to open, green spaces. In fact this applies not only to Ejby erhvervspark but fundamentally to surburbia.
In addition the great green band across the site a dense network of roads and pathways is introduced to ensure intricate connectivity and provide opportunity to enjoy the area’s proposed recreational qualities. Our vision for the site is contained within the name “Ejby Campus” – which we feel captures the quality of a well-balanced relation between natural landscape and building. Inside the Campus we identify three different subareas. “Byporten”, “Parken” and “Ejbyen”.
By understanding Ejby Campus as an entity that is comprised of three significantly different areas means we can approach the whole site with a more robust and finely tuned strategy. Nurturing the existing differences ultimately means a more dynamic, varied and attractive business area in the future.
Architects: OKRA, ACT, CCO Architects, Smith Innovation Location: Glostrup, Denmark Client: Glostrup Municipality, Realdania Project: Development Strategi, Urban design Type: Invited competition Size: 730,000 m2 Service: Development strategy, Landscape design and Public space design Status: 1st Prize, Under development