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Superkilen is a public park in the Nør­re­bro district of Copen­hagen, Den­mark. De­signed by the arts group Su­per­flex with the col­lab­o­ra­tion of BIG architects and a Ger­man land­scape ar­chi­tec­ture firm called Topotek1, the park is con­sid­ered one of the most eth­ni­cally di­verse and so­cially chal­lenged neigh­bour­hoods in the Dan­ish cap­i­tal. It is de­signed as a kind of world ex­po­si­tion for the lo­cal in­hab­i­tants, cov­er­ing over 60 na­tion­al­i­ties, who have been able to con­trib­ute their own ideas and ar­ti­facts to the project.

Stretch­ing some 750m along ei­ther side of a public cy­cle track and cov­er­ing a to­tal area of some 30,000 sq m, the park has three colour-coded seg­ments, each semi-au­ton­o­mous en­vi­ron­ment with their own pro­gram­matic and at­mo­spheric agen­das. The red square, painted bright red, or­ange and pink, fo­cuses on recre­ation and mod­ern liv­ing. The black mar­ket at the cen­tre in the park’s square features a rolling land­scape that is em­bla­zoned with a mesh of white lines, which wind around set pieces like the Moroccan foun­tain and Chi­nese palm trees. The green park has rolling hills, trees and plants suit­able for pic­nics, sports and walk­ing the dog.

Many of the ob­jects in the park have been spe­cially im­ported or copied from for­eign de­signs. They in­clude swings from Iraq, benches from Brazil, a foun­tain from Morocco and lit­ter bins from Eng­land. There are neon signs from through­out the world ad­ver­tis­ing ev­ery­thing from a Rus­sian ho­tel to a Chi­nese beauty par­lour. Even the man­hole cov­ers come from Zanz­ibar, Gdansk and Paris. In all, there are 108 plants and arte­facts il­lus­trat­ing the eth­nic di­ver­sity of the lo­cal pop­u­la­tion.

“When our team was in­vited to pro­pose a project in this neigh­bour­hood, we re­alised that we had to do more than just ur­ban de­sign,” said Nanna Gyld­holm Møller, project leader for BIG ar­chi­tect.

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