The Superkilen is designed by BIG, landscape architecture studio Topotek1 and artist collective Superflex. It is located in one of the most ethnically diverse neighborhoods in Copenhagen. It has one overarching idea that it is conceived as a giant exhibition of urban best practice – a sort of collection of global found objects that come from 60 different nationalities of the people .
It is a kilometer long park and defined by three zones and colors – green, black and red. The different surfaces and colors are integrated to form new, dynamic surroundings for the everyday objects. Each offering distinctive functions and atmospheres: the Red Square, the Black Market, and the Green Park.
- The Red Square, symbolizing market, culture, and sport, and it is a vibrantly red-painted concrete.
- The Black Market is place of gathering and social interaction, including game tables, a Japanese playground, and barbeque areas. The striped asphalt creates an optical illusion that gives the space a sense of movement.
- The Green Park is a place with its soft hills and surfaces appeals to children, young people and families. It is a green landscape and a playground where families with children can meet for picnics, sunbathing and breaks in the grass, but also hockey tournaments, badminton games and workout between the hills.
Each cultural object on hand is accompanied by a metal plate which indicates what it is and its origins– in Danish and in the language(s) of its origin.
The square towards East allows outdoor service from the café inside by the future main entrance. Towards North, the visitors will enjoy basketball courts, parking spaces and an outdoor fitness area.
This place is an urban space with a strong identity on a local and global scale!