INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT SUPERKILEN
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.