An urban park celebrates various nationalities and their design ethos by embedding authentic objects into the park’s layout.
Nørrebro is a highly diverse neighborhood in Copenhagen, with over 50 nationalities present in the area. Superkilen is a large-scale urban park project that brings together BIG Architects, Topotek1, and Superflex featuring over 100 attractions that represent a different nationality.
From sewer drains from Israel to Japanese cherry trees and neon signs from Qatar and Russia, each item is accompanied by a plaque to show where it is from, making the park an area in which others can learn about different cultures. The object-gathering process is explained on Superflex’s website:
These objects were chosen from a country of the inhabitant’s national origin or from somewhere else encountered through traveling. The objects were either produced in a 1:1 copy or bought and transported to the site. Furthermore, five groups traveled to Palestine, Spain, Thailand, Texas and Jamaica in order to acquire five specific objects.
Click through the images below to see some of the structures in the park.
The park is divided into 3 sections:
The Red Square represents modernity (e.g. retail, food, entertainment)
The Black Market is an ‘urban living room’ containing comfort components (e.g. benches, fountain)
The Green Park is designated for outdoorsy activities (e.g. picnics, playing sports, walking the dog)
The project was made possible by Copenhagen’s government and The Realdania Foundation (a philanthropic organization). It serves the greater purpose of not only promoting health and wellness, but also creating a public space that can be enjoyed by the town’s diverse population.