Superkilen Park in Copenhagen: For the People by the People.

Superkilen is a kilometre-long park situated in the Nørrebro area just north of Copenhagen’s city centre. Superkilen 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 park comprises 3 areas: the ‘Red Square’, the ‘Black Market’ and the ‘Green Park’. Bike lanes traverse the park, which features playgrounds as well as spaces for basketball, football, cultural activities, picnics, socializing and relaxing.

The Red Square and Black Market seen from above. The bike path makes it's way through the red pattern, and in the Black Market the white lines curve their way around the objects.

The hope is that Superkilen can help revitalize the area by giving it a global identity and unifying it's inhabitants.

The local people were actively involved in the process of choosing the different objects to be placed in the three different areas of the park.

The Black Market This is where the locals meet. There are benches and barbeque facilities, tables for playing backgammon and chess, and a Japanese octopus playground. The pattern here is composed of white lines, which curve around the furniture to highlight it.

Find Superkilen in Nørrebro, from Norrebrogade to Tagensvej.

The Green Park The soft green hills appeal to children, young people and families. Many of the sport facilities have been moved here, with brand new pitches for hockey and basketball. The area also attracts people for picnics, sunbathing or just taking a nap on the grass.

The Red Square A red carpet covers the entire square, the lines and edges creating a big red pattern. If entered from Nørrebrogade the square is an open space, serving as an extension to the activities in the nearby hall.

This project was commissioned by the City of Copenhagen and RealDania, the concept for Superkilen is developed by SUPERFLEX in collaboration with architectural firms Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) and Topotek1. Together they have created a fusion between architecture, landscape and art. Superkilen was rewarded with a 2013 AIA Honor Award in the Regional & Urban Design category by the American Institute of Architects.