This just might be the most talked-about new urban space in Copenhagen. The distinctive red paving and design elements from many different cultures create an urban space that celebrates diversity.
For playing, picnicking or passing time, there’s no urban recreation space in the world quite like Superkilen. A celebration of the diversity of the 57 cultures residing in its northern pocket of Copenhagen, it’s both intriguing and – importantly – inclusive.
The ‘Giant Wedge’ is part of a facelift for the Mimersgade district, connecting Mimers Plads and the park area as far as Tagensvej to the east, with Nørrebrogade to the west. Snaking vibrantly between housing blocks, it encompasses and enhances Nørrebro’s cultural diversity as a work-in-progress, actively shaped by its residents and users.
Superkilen’s three zones exist around a long cycleway. Radiating out from neon signage graphically rooted in Russia and China are the Red Zone’s skateboarding areas, circle swings and edgy graffiti.
Next is the Black Market, remarkable for the dynamic white lines spread over its inky ground, where chess tables and barbecue grills rub shoulders with a Moroccan fountain, Chinese palm trees and an oversized black Japanese toy octopus.
Then, finally, the Green Zone has grassy slopes, play spaces and picnic spots.
Across Superkilen’s total area of 30,000m2, everything – from rubbish bins to manhole covers to benches – has, like the area’s residents, travelled from far and wide to call this city home.