Copenhagen is Building Floating Parks in Its Harbor for Residents to Chill Out


The world’s first “parkipelago” is in the making in Copenhagen.

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Copenhagen harbor may be getting even more resident friendly due to the development of a series of artificial floating islands – which would make the city the world’s first “parkipelago” (a portmanteau of “park” and “archipelago”).

Danish design firm Studio Fokstrot cooperated with Australian architect Marshall Blecher to design small floating parks in Copenhagen harbor, in response to the boom of urban development along the waterfront.

The project, titled “Copenhagen Islands”, is meant to replace some of the open space lost to growing urbanization. Floating parks could also come in handy considering the inevitability of global sea-level rise.

Studio Fokstrot describes the intention behind the project as “to renew the proud traditions of the Danish harbor life, by strengthening the social cohesion and awareness of the maritime life in and around the harbor.”

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The studio accomplished this by including features in the islands to encourage different activities such as boating, swimming, kayaking, picnics, performances, events, and more.

Also, they organize programs by season, with possible schemes designed for summer use throughout the water and winter schemes with islands clustering near land.

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The concept has already been tested and is being rolled out. CPH-Ø1, the first of these islands tested on site, was built using traditional boat-making techniques of thin strips of wood paired up with steel and recycled boating material.

The module measures approximately 215 square feet and features a single linden tree. Future modules are designed to allow more room for green spaces, as demonstrated in the design plans of the full parkipelago.

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And here’s one more cool function the islands will fulfill. According to Blecher, the new green spaces are carefully designed to welcome new wildlife. Submerged parts of the floating parks will become habitats for seaweed and small marine life to anchor, expected to attract other animals to gather near each module.

The new piece of land right in the middle of the harbor will also serve as a resting area for local birds.

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Since the project is a collection of unique, individually constructed modules, there will be future growth with the addition of new islands.

Indeed, CPH-Ø1 will not stay a lonely island for long. Three more are planned for construction by the end of 2020.

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