Won through International Design Competition, this commission creates a sequence of new public spaces adjacent to the City Hall in the centre of the Danish capital.
The site is divided into two spaces separated by a new woodland of 120 cherry trees. At one end a new public space is created – Vartov Square (or ‘Alms–House Square’) which is overlooked by the oldest of the neighbouring buildings. This building is the backdrop to a little–known Hans Christian Andersen story where the protagonist looks over the square from a window in the building. The subtle pattern of the square’s surface is generated from the windows of this same building.
Photography: Stamers Kontor, Hall McKnight
RIBA EU Award
Shortlisted for the EU Architecture Prize, the Mies van der Rohe Award
Nominated for the European Prize for Urban Public Space