JDS Architects and KLAR Arkitekter wanted the project to have a strong connection to its surrounding context, and they sought to avoid the shadows cast by the buildings on shore that created a bleak space at the water’s edge.
JDS Architects discuss the need to address the ominous facades of the facing buildings: “We put our focus on two major design aspects: to create urban continuity and to locate ourselves on the sunny spots of the water…We studied the course of those shadows throughout the day and the year and located two main pockets of shadow-free zones. We decided to program those areas as resting islands on the water. From there on, all we needed was to find an active way to reconnect those islands to the urban network and to make them relate to the city’s infrastructure.”
The park is a sort of floating, dock-like cousin to Islands Brygge, an established summertime hangout that sits across the river. Kalvebod Waves is located in close proximity to some of Copenhagen’s important hubs, and it is hoped that the park will help reconnect residents with the waterfront. The city has even cleaned up the river enough to make it safe for swimming! Copenhagen has been very focused lately on green design developments, carbon neutrality, and climate adaptation. This project is sure to help them in their quest for a more livable city.
Photos by Mike Chino for Inhabitat