10 grass hills, 75 larch trees and 200 blue poles form the new Guldberg’s Square; a neighborhood park in central Nørrebro, Copenhagen, where people of all ages can meet, be active, exercise and relax. The three different elements create coherence in the renovated park and unite the existing functions that are kept with the new programs that are characteristic for the square’s new identity as an activity park; a meeting place focusing on exercise in the public city space.

The varying size of the grass hills creates a playful landscape; laugh as you run across the hills playing with a friend, tumble, explore or relax in the sun while lying in the grass reading a book. Larger areas planted with high meadow grass spans across the grass hills and create a visual aesthetical layer in the park. The larch trees and the metal poles in different blue nuances are scattered in the green landscape and create a new urban forest. The special character of the larch trees emphasizes the squares changing appearance throughout the year; the crowns changes from a bright green color in the spring, tuning yellow in the fall, while standing with long flickering silhouettes in the winter months giving daily users and passersby a sense of nature in the middle of Nørrebro.

The 200 blue poles set the frame for the parks new activities. As a result of the user involvement process with local residents, which coincided with the first phases of the design development, different activity spots and equipments are developed, mainly to attract adults who are unaccustomed to exercise. 6 big swings stands side by side, a 3D climbing labyrinth lies on top of a big rubber hill, a gathering of beams in different heights, a grove of gymnastic rings and different marked routes around the park. Furthermore, the many extra poles in the park can be used in various ways, either spontaneous or organized. Bring your own hammock, put up light chains for the neighborhood party or a clothesline when having a flea market.

client | Municipality of Copenhagen
location | Nørrebro, Copenhagen
team | architect Keinicke & Overgaard Architects, engineer Sloth Møller A/S
status | wun tender 2013, built 2015
service | total consultant – schematic design phase, design development phase, built turnkey, detail design of equipments

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