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World experience. Public space and waterside housing

World experience. Public space and waterside housing
  • calender 17.07.2017

The location by the sea, river or lake is a valuable resource for any city, as it opens up a wide range of activities for citizens. However, industrial facilities are often located on the coast, which deprive city residents of the opportunity to fully live and relax by the water. In European cities, developers are implementing projects designed to change this situation, revealing the full potential of reservoirs in the context of an urban space and returning landscapes, embankments and beaches to citizens.

A vibrant neighborhood in the heart of Copenhagen, designed by Danish architecture firm COBE.
Christiansholm is also known as Paper Island, as it has stored huge rolls of newspapers for the Danish press for decades. Christiansholm is very favorably located in the heart of Copenhagen`s waterfront. In recent years, the island has become an urban development site where street life pulsates. The old industrial warehouses on the island provide a unique space for various cultural events. The aim of the project is to create a number of new halls with informal social functions, such as an event hall, gallery and pool. Private accommodation will be located above the halls. The entire island will be united by a public embankment, and separate green courtyards will be provided for the residents of the complex. The privacy of future residents will balance the vibrant social life, and the balance between the two will make the island attractive to visitors and locals alike.

Public square instead of parking and sports on the street from the Danish architectural bureau COBE.
The history of Israels Plads is a reflection of the historical development of Copenhagen. This area in the center of the city existed even when the city boundaries ended in a circle of fortifications. With the expansion of the city, this space became a lively market square - until the 50s, when this square turned into a deserted car park. The idea behind the restoration of Israels Plads is to highlight the importance and history of the place, revitalize it and transform it into a vibrant and varied space that provides a variety of leisure activities for everyone. The surface of the new square rises above the adjacent streets as a new urban surface with sports fields, large seating steps and green areas. Cars that previously occupied a significant part of the Israels Plads space have been moved to the basement.

Housing by the old port in the center of Copenhagen from the Danish architecture firm COBE.
Krøyers Plads is an important location in the center of Copenhagen`s harbor area. The local population rejected several previous proposals for the development of the area, so the new Krøyers Plads is based on a hyper-democratic and contextual approach. The residential complex consists of three five-storey residential blocks that organically continue the structure of the warehouse buildings along the harbor. Folding roofs and architectural gravity create a dialogue between old and new. Instead of rethinking a new building typology, Krøyers Plads redefined the shape of the adjacent industrial warehouses in a modern way.

Residential area Iceberg in Denmark from the Danish-Belgian architectural bureau JDS, the Dutch architectural and planning bureau SeARCH, the Danish architectural bureau CEBRA.
The renovation of an old disused container terminal in Aarhus harbor presents a huge opportunity for sustainable development in Denmark`s second largest city. This area should be transformed into a vibrant urban quarter, which creates an opportunity for a large number of cultural and social activities, new jobs and various types of housing. The authors of the Iceberg residential area project were inspired primarily by the wonderful location of this area with a beautiful view of the harbor. The main goal was to preserve these views, provide solar lighting for each apartment, and at the same time fit into the overall urban context. The outlines of the houses resemble canyons and mountain peaks. This solution underlines the iconic power of the neighborhood and allows every space to be provided with ample sunlight and stunning views.

Coastal Development Project in Pargas, Finland, by Shauman Nordgren Architects, Danish-Finnish Architects.
The harbor development project envisions preserving the dominant maritime identity of Pargas while enhancing the character of the city with various urban elements - hotels, beaches, saunas and offices. This area expands the city center with recreational areas where citizens can enjoy the views, walk along the promenade and relax on the beach. Particular attention in the project is paid to areas for active recreation and sports - tennis courts, sports and playgrounds.

Public swimming pool in the body of the harbor harbor in Cologne by Danish architect

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