In a densely populated district of Copenhagen, architects have created a gathering space on the roof with a garden and playground.
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Trang building in a district of Copenhagen led to a unique roof terrace project with associated penthouses.
Elmegade district is one of the densest populated areas in inner Nørrebro, Copenhagen. Particularly the blocks in Birkegade, Egegade and Elmegade are close, which are reflected in narrow courtyards.
And it’s around this narrow area of the concept of Julien de Smedt (JDS) Architects took shape. They found an original way to exploit a place that is usually neglected; roof.
– The concept was about creating the “missing garden”, explains architect Felix Luong from JDS.
– The garden should take place on top of three existing buildings and in conjunction with three new penthouses. That way, all residents will have access to a proper garden.
In order to create a satisfying garden, JDS architects studied the various gardens and parks in Copenhagen.
– Gardens and parks in Copenhagen often have more features, explains Luong.
– Therefore, this roof garden got some features consisting of functional and associated materials. This is reflected in a playground with shock absorbing surfaces, a playful suspension bridge, a green hill with grass and vegetation, an outdoor kitchen, a barbecue and a quieter woodplane.
The roof terrace is suitable for children who want to play and adults who can relax. Here the idea of a green roof has been taken to a new level.
The goal of the architects was to optimize and exploit the opportunities that the area had.
– It was done by creating a future potential for the inhabitants of the block and by maximizing the ceiling, Luong says..
– The result is a multifunctional and useful gathering place, as well as a beautiful landscape for residents and city residents. Generally, the roof symbolizes an end to a construction, while in this case it opens up for versatile stays and experiences.
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