Copenhagen Islands: Futuristic Floating Parks
via Surface Mag
Danish design firms Studio Fokstrot and Maritime Architecture Studio coined the first “parkipelago”. Combining archipelago and park, a series of floating land masses comprise these new public parks in the Copenhagen harbor. Officially titled Copenhagen Islands, the designers sought to revitalize the waterfront and recoup public space lost to urban development.
Firstly, the studio explains the significance of the project in their mission statement. “To renew the proud traditions of the Danish harbor life by strengthening the social cohesion and awareness of the maritime life in and around the harbor.” Founded in 2015 by architect Magnus Maarbjerg, boat builder Lauge Falkentorp and carpenter/theater production manager Christian Lacoppidan.
For them, “design is a tool to promote human presence and interaction with each other and the environment.” Their combined drawing office and workshop facilities are located in the boatyard at Slusen in Copenhagen’s south harbor. This location, together with a common background and passion for sailing, intensifies their interest for maritime architecture on and around the water. Traditional seafaring represents values and functions they find essential and inspiring to their work.
The project’s outdoor programming includes all water based recreation. From boating, swimming, and kayaking to picnics and even performances. Additionally, each zone’s design varies by season. Generally, masses cluster together around land and more dispersed throughout the water.
CPH-Ø1 is one of the first Copenhagen islands being developed on-site. Studio Fokstrot experiments with thin strips of wood, steel, and recycled boating material to construct the first 215-square-foot island with a single linden tree. As shown in renderings, other isles will accommodate more green space intended to propagate new marine wildlife. CPH-Ø1 won’t be alone for long—more islands will pop up by the end of 2020.
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