Rooftop
Garden on
Birkegade

Photo: Julien Lanoo

Site

Birkegade 4-6, 2200 Copenhagen

Open

Saturday 10-17

Accessibility

  • Hoist / ramp / level access to the front door
  • Level access in the building / site (no stairs)
  • Level access to outdoor areas
  • Lift
  • Accessible restroom
  • Locked doors can be opened from the outside in case of emergency
  • Chairs or benches to rest on
  • Possible to eat / drink
  • Disabled parking
  • Teleloop
  • Member of Solsikkesnoren
  • Member of God adgang

A leaky roof has been transformed into an imaginative urban oasis atop an old building in Copenhagen’s Nørrebro district – and you’re invited to visit when the rooftop garden on Birkegade opens its doors during Open House. Experience a unique green area in one of the most densely populated parts of Copenhagen and meet the architect behind the project.

It’s easy to miss unless you’re well acquainted with Birkegade, in the hippest part of Nørrebro. High up on the roof, there is a green oasis overlooking the city. The rooftop garden is normally reserved for residents of the building on Birkegade, but now you have a chance to see one of Nørrebro’s most unique urban spaces – a secret garden!

From Leaky Roof to Rooftop Oasis

The whole project started with a leaky roof. The residents of the housing cooperative dreamed of an outdoor recreational area that their little courtyard simply couldn’t provide. They dreamed of better conditions for life in the city and more family-friendly housing. Assisted by JDS Architects, their dream of a green rooftop garden became a reality, complete with grassy hills, a wooden terrace with a barbecue and outdoor kitchen, and an orange activity zone with rubberized surfacing.

Climb a Building

The rooftop terrace is located 7-8 stories up, with direct access from two of the building’s stairwells. And you’ll need good legs to get to the top as there is no elevator. But as is so often the case, the “view from the top” is totally worth the climb. Open House at the rooftop garden on Birkegade is a unique opportunity to experience how Copenhagen’s century-old buildings continue to provide fantastic surroundings for life and community in the city.

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