C.F. Møller Landscape just won an international design competition for an innovative new urban park in Copenhagen. Located in Nordhavn, a new waterfront city district undergoing transformation from an active industrial port into an attractive mixed-use development, the project fully embraces the Øresund strait with programming in, on, and under the water. The nature-infused project will serve as an innovative learning, activity, and water landscape for both the public and the adjacent Copenhagen International School, also designed by C.F. Møller.
C.F. Møller Landscape’s competition-winning vision applies a radical transformation to the existing site that currently acts as a barrier between the waterfront and harbor. The landscape architects reconnect the urban fabric with the harbor basin by inserting three distinct “islands,” or multipurpose activity platforms, in strategic locations with access to and from the Copenhagen International School. Each island’s programming is informed by the school’s ground floor activities and proximity to either the sports hall or school canteen. “The Lagoon” floating arena will be used for water sports and boating; “The Sun Bath” offers a space for swimming and bathing; and “The Reef” is a multifunctional space with outdoor sitting and an educational space for aquaculture.
Each of the floating circular islands will be ringed by aquatic gardens to ease the transition between built landscape and nature. Ramped waterfront promenades encircle the perimeter of the platforms and connect to bridges that link all three islands. “Our proposal really embraces the union of water and nature at eye level. The project has tremendous potential as a community generator which, with the water encouraging activity and as a social trigger, will bring life and atmosphere to the area, and thus link the new school with the city and the city with the water,” said Lasse Palm, head of department at C.F. Møller Landscape.
The Nordhavn Islands are slated for completion by 2017 to coincide with the opening of the solar-powered Copenhagen International School, which is set to be the largest school in Copenhagen.
Images via C.F. Møller