Continue Copenhagen by Fabian Landis and Tim Hercka
Juli 03, 2011
Not only is Ørestad one of the largest and most important new developing areas around Copenhagen - it also marks a turning point in Denmark´s urban history.
For the first time public transportation - an automatic Metro Highline in this case - was built before construction works for any of the new buildings had even started.
The Ørestad development was part of the Øresund projekt - Europe´s giant bridge which finally closes the infrastructural gap between central and northern Europe and brings Malmö and Copenhagen together as the most important technological hub in Scandinavia. In this context the linear city of Ørestad, with its total 300 ha of new urban space and its lenght of 5 km, becomes the new welcome sign on Copenhagens eastern city border.
While the idea of this new quarter seems visionary, reality around Ørestad can not keep the promise of new urbanity.
Most Copenhageners know Ørestad for Bella Center (CPH´s exhibition halls) and Field´s - Scandinavia´s largest mall.
Both of these elements generate enormous building formats in the plot, which close themselves to urban activities and seem like autistic protagonists around the area.
But these are not the only problems we see - the concept of big free space gaps between different types of uses seem out-of-date to us.
Especially when looking at the central park, which appears completely oversized to us - particulary because it lacks spatial framing on its short edges which creates an undefined relationship towards the adjacent natural free space. Our question was, what is going to happen to Ørestad once the hype about its undoubtedly spectacular architectures like the VM Building, Mountain Dwellings or the 8-House is over. Is it going to be a place worth living, or a place you just want to get away from, taking the metro to the centre?
That´s where we jump in and take action in many places around the master plan. We want to help Ørestad peeling off its marketing labels and establish an own weight and self-conscience.
In the North Quarter we want to include the natural free space in the west and create low-density housing with gradients in size, density and typology.
Around Bella Center we break down the fence around the exhibition halls and create a new campus. To the east we want to create an „activated fence“ which contains mixed uses.
Furthermore we want to introduce a new square and establish a new entrance for the fair between the Bella Towers. The Central Park is being densed up with housing and pocket parks as free spaces.
In the southern area we want to help the development grow quicker and generate a network of new buildings and temporary free spaces to make the area appear as one, rather than leftovers at a dead end.
Right in the Center we want to replace Mr. Libeskind´s current plans, which negate the surroundings completely and introduce a square dedicated to the citizens, rather than to commerce.
The Landmark on this square will be the new danish media archives. A building containing history on a site without history - and a new lighthouse on the border of Copenhagen.
Graduation design / Diploma Project
Architecture students: Fabian Landis and Tim Hercka
University: University of Stuttgart
Professor: Prof. Markus Allmann, Prof. Gerd de Bruyn
Semester: winter semester 2010/2011
Category: urban design, cutural building
submitted on 2011.07.01
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