Superkilen is a kilometre-long park situated in the Nørrebro area just north of Copenhagen‘s city centre (Denmark). The Superkilen area, the most immediate vicinity of the park, is home to more than 60 nationalities, and is considered to be one of the most ethnically diverse and socially challenged neighbourhoods in the Danish capital. The hope is that Superkilen can help revitalize the area by giving it a global identity and unifying its inhabitants.
Superkilen was commissioned by City of Copenhagen and RealDania and is the result of a collaboration between the architects from Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), Berlin-based landscape architects from Topotek1 and the Danish art group Superflex. Together they have created a fusion between architecture, landscape and art.
The urban park project is divided into three main areas: The Red Square, The Black Market and The Green Park. While The Red Square designates the modern, urban life with café, music and sports, The Black Market is the classic square with fountain and benches. The Green Park is a park for picnics, sports and walking the dog. The park aims to support the diversity of local inhabitants by using globally-found objects which symbolise the home countries of those who live in the area. The objects include neon signs from Qatar and Russia, bollards from Ghana, an imposing sculpture of a bull from Spain and Palestinian soil. It is a world exhibition within the space of just half a mile.
Instead of using the designated city objects/furnitures used for parks and public spaces, people from the area were asked to choose specific city objects such as benches, bins, trees, playgrounds, manhole covers and signage from other countries. 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.
The combination of colourful benches, illuminated elements that bring to mind immediate associations and other national elements alltogether creates a unique open space. I actually wish I could spend my free time in such an area.