Superkilen, the urban space designed for the city of Copenhagen by a team comprising the architects from BIG architects, the artists of the Superflex group and the landscape architects of the Topotek 1 studio, is one of the 19 finalists for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. This is an international acknowledgement, promoted in the framework of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) cultural initiatives that also awards a substantial monetary prize to designers and clients. A specific panel of professionals approved not less than 348 projects for the 13th edition of the Award, carried out in different parts of the world.
The Superkilen designers performed a project of huge "public participation" that was not exclusively aimed at ensuring public awareness or being politically correct. All ethnicities and people in the neighbourhood were invited to express themselves and let the designers know what they wanted in the park. Objects and urban elements from 60 different nationalities were then collected: benches, fitness equipment, dance floors, children’s playgrounds, and much more. They were organised along a one-mile path, divided into three main areas defined by colours: red for sports, green for the children’s playground area, black for the food market and the picnic area.
Project: Big-Bjarke Ingels Group, Superflex, Topotek 1
Location: Copenhague, Danemark
Images courtesy of Aga Kahn Foundation, photo copyright AKTC / Kristian Skeie