Denmark Builds A Mini City Just For Kids
Expecting a large influx in children and teens, Copenhagen commissions architects to build a 'Neverland-like' structure in its downtown core.
Copenhagen, Denmark has a fast-growing population that continues to rise. Statistics show that by the year 2025, the already crowded city will have upwards of 90,000 more inhabitants, 22,000 of which will be under the age of eighteen. In preparation for this large influx of young citizens, Copenhagen Municipality asked a number of architects to present their most innovative and creative ideas. The winners were COBE, NORD architects, along with landscape architects PK3 and Grontmij, who collaborated together to produce ‘Prinsessegade Kindergarten and Youth Club,’ which is expected to be completed by 2014.
Unlike most daycares and youth centers, Prinsessgade will be laid out like an actual city, with a number of neighborhoods, public spaces, parks, squares, a stadium and even a fire station. The facility will be built on a triangular plot of land positioned between two major streets in the heart of Copenhagen.
With a small city at their fingertips, students will be given the ability to do absolutely anything. Provided with the necessary facilities and tools, children and young adults can organize concerts at city hall, curate specialty menus for the facility’s restaurant or be an all-star athlete in the stadium.